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Lansing man could face 15 years in prison for sex crimes

Following up on a case we wrote about earlier this year, a Lansing, Michigan, man has pleaded guilty to sex crimes. The man was arrested after police found a boy, who had been reported as a runaway, at the man's home.

The 52-year-old man had been charged with six separate counts of sexual assault that covered several incidents dating back to June. However, prosecutors offered the man a plea deal whereby he would plead guilty to a single count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The man was first listed on the Michigan sex offender registry back in 1995. His first conviction for sex crimes was in 1989, when he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct and sentenced to 2 to 15 years in prison.

In 2002, the man was again sentenced on sex crimes charges. Because of those prior convictions, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years on the current charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 30.

Sex crimes charges are obviously taken very seriously in Michigan. This man was likely to face a difficult path had he chosen to plead not guilty and take his chances at a trial. Taking into account the fact that he had multiple prior convictions for sex crimes, as well as the fact that he is currently on the Michigan sex offender registry, a jury might have had a difficult time believing that he was not guilty.

However, even in cases like this, those who are accused have the right to seek an attorney who will ensure their rights are respected and that all avenues for their defense will be explored.

Source: mLive.com, "Lansing sex offender accepts plea deal in alleged sexual assault of runaway boy," Brandon Howell, May 3, 2012

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