On August 8, 2014, a man, from Salem Township, pled guilty to one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct in Wayne County as part of a plea agreement. The plea agreement was a result of a mistrial, and it dropped further counts of CSC. Robert Messer ran away with a young teen in October of 2013 for two days, which resulted in the 15-year-old girl becoming pregnant.
In Michigan, a crime of CSC 1 can result in a potential life sentence, while CSC 3 is punishable by 15 years in prison. Messer will serve 20 - 40 years in prison according to the agreement. His sentencing is set for August 22, 2014.
When facing accusations of or charges of a crime of criminal sexual conduct it is imperative to hire counsel who is experienced at handling those types of allegations. Criminal sexual conduct charges are serious matters, which could result in long prison sentences. These charges need appropriate handling by an experienced sex crime attorney and not by a general criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Shannon M. Smith focuses their practice of law on defending sex crimes and have had great success in defending those accused of CSC. If you have been accused or charged with a crime of criminal sexual conduct, contact our office to see what we can do for you.