Sexual assault leads to prison

ESCANABA – An Escanaba man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Delta County earlier this year.

Brandon Scott Cole, 22, recently pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct – assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

During his sentencing in Delta County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Judge Stephen Davis ordered Cole to spend 23 months to up to 10 years behind bars for the felony conviction. He was sentenced to pay $198 in fines and costs.

Davis also ordered Cole to not have any contact with the victim or the victim’s family or anyone under 16 years of age.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Philip Strom, despite a no contact order, Cole had continued to try to contact the victim while he has been lodged in the Delta County Jail.

Russ Hall, Cole’s attorney, said his client understands he did wrong and is sorry for his actions. Cole declined to make any statement when the judge offered him an opportunity prior to sentencing.

Cole was arrested on Jan. 10 for an incident involving a female minor in Escanaba Township. He was originally arrested for accosting children for immoral purposes. During a plea hearing in circuit court on March 14, Cole pleaded guilty to the 10-year felony of criminal sexual conduct -assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution dismissed a 15-year felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sexual penetration with a female victim aged 13-15 years old.