Guilty verdict in sexual assault case

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man has been found guilty on four counts of criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a minor during the past 10 years.

Robert Jason Turner, 35, of 4464 12th Road, Escanaba, was found guilty on all four counts against him for assaulting a female minor and having sexual contact with her during incidents from 2002-2010 in Ford River Township.

A verdict was reached Wednesday in Delta County Circuit Court following a three-day trial that began Monday with jury selection. The jury deliberated its verdict for approximately five-and-a-half to six hours.

Turner was found guilty on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for engaging in sexual penetration with a person under 13 years of age.

He was also found guilty on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct – relationship and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct – person under 13, defendant 17 years of age or older. Each of the three first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges carries a maximum punishment of life in prison. The second-degree criminal sexual conduct carries a maximum sentencing of 15 years in prison with a lifetime electronic monitor.

Turner will be sentenced May 7 at 2:30 p.m. in circuit court.

Michigan State Police had arrested Turner on CSC charges on Oct. 26, 2012. He was lodged in the Delta County Jail and released after posting 10 percent of a $50,000 cash bond on Dec. 13. After a preliminary examination in district court, the case was bound over to circuit court.

The case was suppressed from the public and media prior to being bound over from district court.