On Thursday December 18, a 27-year-old East Lansing man was sentenced to 46 to 100 years in prison for committing several sexual attacks on women in the area, according to an article at the Lansing State Journal. Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said that the defendant, Oswald Scott Wilder Jr., was a ‘sexual psychopath’ and a predator against women after he terrorized women in the East Lansing area last year.
Between March 30 and May 16 of 2013, Wilder sexually assaulted four female MSU students. He pleaded guilty in September of this year to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and gross indecency by a sexually delinquent person.
Wilder admitted at a September plea hearing that he sexually assaulted and attempted to sexually assault the four MSU students over a two month time period. He said the during the incidents, he was high on crack cocaine. He blamed the drugs, saying they increased his desire for sex. News reports state that Wilder was remorseful at his sentencing hearing, saying that he realized what he had done was wrong, and that he felt so bad for what had happened. He said that he could not turn back time.
Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor Steve Kwasnik said that Wilder is a predator who was “out prowling,” hunting for people in East Lansing.
Even if Wilder serves the minimum of 46 years in prison, he will be in his mid 70’s before being released, if he in fact does not spend more time behind bars.
While the acts Wilder admitted to are horrendous, Michigan sex crime attorneys know that many people are wrongly accused of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, and other crimes. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a similar offense, it is imperative that you consult with a seasoned Michigan sex crime defense lawyer right away. Your freedom, reputation, and career are at risk; don’t put yourself further at risk by failing to work with a skilled defense attorney.