Recently, a 35-year-old Nekoosa former sheriff’s deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl while he was still employed by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Dept. as a deputy, according to news reports. The defendant, Zachary Dorr, reportedly brought the victim to a wedding reception where two other deputies were present.
Dorr told the deputies, who claimed to have seen Dorr giving the girl alcohol and kissing her, that he attended the wedding with a woman who was 21 years old; the complaint stated the Dorr told the deputies the woman looked like the 15-year-old teen. Police were told by the teen that she did attend the wedding with Dorr.
Dorr and the teen met in May at a neighborhood barbecue, where they exchanged phone numbers. They also chatted on Facebook, and while the girl said the two never had sex, she did admit they exchanged photos in which they were nude.
Dorr pleaded guilty in December to second-degree sexual assault of a child. Following the filing of charges, he resigned his position with the sheriff’s department.
Second-degree sexual assault of a child involves sexual contact OR sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 in Wisconsin, and is a Class C felony. The maximum punishment for this offense is 20 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000.
Dorr faces five years in prison after pleading guilty. In many sexual assault cases, a plea deal may result in punishment that is less harsh than if the defendant had gone forward to trial and been found guilty.
In Michigan as well as most other states, the penalties for sex-related offenses are severe. For example, a conviction for first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Michigan may result in a life prison term depending on the facts of the case, age of the alleged victim, and other factors. For many people, the most damaging consequence is the requirement to register as a sex offender, sometimes for life.
If you have been accused of sexual assault, an Internet sex crime, child molestation, or any related offense, consult with an experienced Michigan sex crimes lawyer immediately. It is vital to protect your legal rights and freedom from the beginning, and to have a capable defense attorney who will begin working to develop a solid defense strategy right away.