Man gets prison for sexual assault
ESCANABA – An Escanaba man was sentenced to 25 to 40 years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court Friday on four counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Robert Jason Turner, 35, of 4464 12th Road, Escanaba, was found guilty after a jury trial in April for assaulting a female minor and having sexual contact with her during incidents from 2002-2010 in Ford River Township.
Turner was sentenced Friday to 25 to 40 years in prison on two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13.
He was also sentenced to 15 to 40 years in prison on one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct – relationship, and 71 months to 15 years in prison on one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13. All sentences are to be served concurrently. Turner was given credit for 114 days already served.
In addition to his prison sentence, Turner was ordered to have no contact with the victim or anyone age 17 or under and to register as a sex offender. He will also be on a lifetime electronic monitoring device and has been ordered to pay $402 in fines and costs.
Prior to his sentencing, Turner maintained his innocence and asked for a lenient sentence, claiming he is not a bad person.
Circuit Court Judge Stephen Davis said the damage done to the victim cannot be fathomed and the consequences will last her a lifetime.
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.