Court Takes Man at His Word That He Had Sex With Sister
Wisconsin appeals court upholds 2015 incest conviction
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2017 5:25 PM CST
Christian Bisbach   (Wisconsin Department of Corrections)

(Newser) – A man sentenced to more than seven years in jail after he was spotted holding hands with his sister at the Muscoda Mushroom Fest two years ago won't be released early after a Wisconsin court rejected his appeal Wednesday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Because Christian Bisbach was on extended supervision in 2015 for the sexual assault of a child, his hand-holding with a young woman earned him an interview with a sheriff's deputy and his parole officer. Bisbach told them the woman was his biological sister but that he had been adopted prior to her birth and they were raised apart. He said he moved back in with his biological parents in 2015 when he 29 and started a sexual relationship with his sister, who was 18.

Bisbach was convicted of incest and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison. He has argued that the state didn't do enough to prove the woman was actually his sister and that they had a sexual relationship. Bisbach said it wasn't enough to take him at his word and that the state should have gotten a DNA test or birth certificate or had his family testify. An appeals court upheld Bisbach's conviction Wednesday, stating it's enough that he himself admitted to having a sexual relationship with his sister, that he was seen holding her hand in public, that sexually suggestive phone calls between the two were recorded while he was in jail, and that the woman told the deputy they were "in a relationship." The woman was also found guilty of incest and sentenced to three years probation.

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