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Appeals court upholds Eau Claire man's sexual assault with snake conviction

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WAUSAU, WI (WTAQ) - A state appeals court Wednesday upheld the conviction of an Eau Claire area man who sexually assaulted a woman with a live snake.

John Bullock of Altoona tried to convince the Third District Appellate Court in Wausau that there was not enough evidence to find him guilty of first-degree sexual assault. But the judges said a nurse had found bruises on the victim – and the jury had the right to decide what to believe from the evidence presented.

Bullock and Damonta Jones of Eau Claire were both convicted of sexual assault last year.

According to prosecutors, Jones hosted a gathering in 2010 when she held the victim down and Bullock molested her.

The victim then reportedly heard somebody say something about a snake – and she then felt a sharp pain. 

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