In June, 25-year-old Adam Hester of Canton pleaded no contest to four crimes that allegedly occurred on the University of Michigan campus in 2011. In all, nine charges were brought against Hester; the remaining five charges against him were dismissed.
Michigan sex crime defense lawyers know that while pleading no contest is not an admission of guilt, it is often treated as such by the court. Hester pleaded no contest to charges of assault and resisting a police officer, along with two counts of aggravated indecent exposure and fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct.
Charges which were to be dropped at the time of sentencing include one count each of indecent exposure, assault, and capturing/distributing images of an unclothed individual. Also dropped were two counts of receiving stolen property. According to Judge Melinda Norris, the nine counts stem from several incidents that occurred between October 2010 and November of last year.
On July 30th, Judge Morris determined that Hester will spend no more time in jail. As the sentencing took place in the Washtenaw County Trial Court, Hester was asked if he had anything to say prior to sentencing, to which he answered “no.”
The judge sentenced Hester to the 253 days he had already served in jail, along with five years probation and the requirement to register as a sex offender. He was also ordered not to come within 1,000 feet of any school, including the University of Michigan’s campus. He will undergo a psychological evaluation as well.
According to assistant prosecutor Blake Hatlem, Hester essentially placed himself on the U-M campus and went on a crime spree. Byron Pitts, Hester’s attorney, advised his client to follow the sentencing guidelines placed in accordance with the plea deal.
While it appears that Hester got off with less severe punishment than he could have been subject to, Michigan criminal sexual conduct defense attorneys know that frequently, innocent individuals are falsely accused of these types of offenses. Regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty of a sex-related offense, it is urgent that you consult a lawyer right away for legal guidance and representation. Perhaps the worst punishment of all is being labeled a sex offender, as it negatively impacts many areas of your life indefinitely.