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St. Paul man convicted of sexual misconduct

Paul Hegerman, 54, couldn't do more than close his eyes and listen as jurors sealed his fate at 3:30pm Friday, the man often referred to as "Papa Gene", was found guilty of sexual misconduct involving a six-year-old girl.

According to the Star Tribune, jurors were faced with a he-said/she-said dilemma between the accused Hegerman and the victim, jurors sided with the girl finding Hegerman guilty of first-degree sexual assault.

Hegerman is being held in custody until his Dec. 19th sentencing, which calls for a minimum twelve-year sentence.

Hegerman, and his wife Linda, operated a day care center, which the victim attended with her brother since October 2005. The St-Paul day care center was located at the 1400 block of Iglehart Avenue, is where Hegerman allegedly molested the young victim in th home bathroom.

The victim testified to the assualts, citing that she was being actively abused since the age of four or five.

Hegerman, who defended himself, according to the Pioneer Press, was reportedly amazed by the accusations. Hegerman's wife, who also testified, claimed Hegerman was incapable of the accused assaults.

The day care center has been closed since December 2007, after the accusations first surfaced.