Ex-church choir director 'Ziggy Stardust' sentenced for assaulting teen
EAGLE RIVER, Wis. — A once-popular and respected church choir director has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for assaulting a teen at his home and the church in Eagle River.
Vilas County Circuit Judge Mark Mangerson also sentenced Paul Michael Ziegfield Stardust, 60, to seven years extended supervision on Friday.
A jury convicted the man also known as "Ziggy" Stardust on five counts of child enticement in April. He had been the choir director at St. Peter The Fisherman Catholic Church.
An Eagle River woman told authorities Stardust had sexual intercourse with her in 2000 when she was 16. Three other women testified at his sentencing hearing that he assaulted them as well.
Stardust told the court he hasn't always lived a proper life but he believes God has forgiven his sins.
The question in my mind, of course, is how could he be considered "once respected" with a name like that? Was he ever respected?