Man faces charges in sexual assault case
ESCANABA – An Escanaba man will be tried this spring on four counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor during the past 10 years.
Robert Jason Turner, 35, of 4464 12th Road, Escanaba, is accused of raping a female minor and having sexual contact with her during incidents from 2002-2010 in Ford River Township.
Turner is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sexual penetration with a person under 13 years of age. He is also charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sexual penetration with a victim 13 years old to less than 16 years old. The fourth count against Turner is second-degree criminal sexual conduct for having sexual contact with a person under 13 years of age.
First-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum punishment of life in prison. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum sentencing of 15 years in prison with a lifetime electronic monitor.
Michigan State Police arrested Turner on Oct. 26. He was lodged in the Delta County Jail and released after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 cash bond on Dec. 13. Following a preliminary examination in district court, the case was bound over to circuit court.
On Monday, Delta County Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis ruled prior sexual acts committed by the defendant would be admissible during a jury trial. Turner is scheduled for a three-day trial in circuit court on March 6-8.
The case was suppressed from the public and media prior to being bound over from district court.