On Thursday June 20, jury selection began in preparation for the trial of Brian C. Page, a 44-year-old Bay City man facing charges for alleged sexual assault. Page reportedly had sexual relations with a girl who was 14 years old for more than a year. Now, the jury trial has ended as Page has entered a plea of no contest to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a relative.
Page was originally charged with three counts of first-degree CSC and one count of second-degree CSC with a person between 13 and 16; those charges have been dismissed by Bay County Assistant Prosecutor J. Dee Brooks in exchange for Page’s plea.
According to news reports at Mlive.com, the alleged victim’s mother called police to report a sexual assault in December of 2011. The girl’s mother told police who responded to the call that Page, who was a long time family friend, told her that he had been accused of molesting her daughter after picking her up from her boyfriend’s house; the boyfriend reportedly made the allegation. According to court records Page denied any wrongdoing to the victim’s mother, who later questioned her daughter about the incident. Court documents revealed that the girl told her mother Page had been molesting her for about a month.
The alleged victim was interviewed in January at the Nathan Weidner Children’s Advocacy Center, where she claimed that the sexual assaults began in the summer of 2010 when Page began touching her inappropriately, eventually leading to sexual intercourse. She was 13 years old at the time.
Page is scheduled to be sentenced by Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill on July 29. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison, although the assistant prosecutor recommended that Page’s minimum sentence not exceed 5 years in his plea agreement.
As all experienced Michigan sex crime attorneys know, these are some of the toughest types of crimes to litigate, both for prosecutors and defense lawyers. Innocent people are often accused of inappropriate sexual conduct, and sometimes the evidence is lacking. Regardless, those convicted face serious criminal penalties which will affect their freedom and future.
If you have been accused of a sexual offense, do not hesitate before consulting with an aggressive and capable Michigan sex crime lawyer.