In October, we wrote about a man who had been accused of sexually assaulting underage girls he met on Facebook. Now that man, 23-year-old Paul Joseph Creps, has pleaded guilty to charges of sexual assault. According to court records, Creps initially refused a plea deal, but changed his mind and decided to plead guilty to two of the counts against him in exchange for dismissal of two other counts.
AnnArbor.com states that the plea deal did not include a sentencing agreement, so Creps' punishment will be determined by Judge Archie Brown. Creps is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, an offense that brings a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for those convicted. Creps is scheduled to be sentenced on March 6.
Prior to the hearing, Creps was out on bond of 10% of $75,000; he was taken into custody after the hearing, and will be held at the Washtenaw County Jail until sentencing, police said.
Creps was arrested after allegedly contacting the two girls, who were under the age of 16, on Facebook and pressuring them to have sexual relations with him. Prosecutors say he then picked the girls up in his truck where he had sex with them. Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies allege that numerous pictures of nude underage girls were found on Creps' phone by investigators.
The Michigan Penal Code (750.520d) outlines several factors that describe third-degree CSC. In this case, the conditions would be met if Creps did engage in sexual relations with the girls, who were between the ages of 13 and 16, and penetration occurred. Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand that these types of offenses do happen every day. However, there are also many situations in which innocent people are charged for crimes they did not commit.
Individuals who have been accused of any type of sex crime should not hesitate before contacting an aggressive Michigan sex crime defense lawyer. Take action immediately, so that critical evidence that may work to your benefit is not lost or forgotten.