Michael Ettenberger, a former Indiana school principal, was recently charged with a variety of sex-related offenses after allegedly coaxing a Liberty Township woman into emailing him a sexual video and photographs of a 9-year-old girl, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Ettenberger, who is 46 years old and lives near Indianapolis, has been charged with child sexually abusive activity, possessing child sexually abusive material, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of soliciting a felony, and using a computer or the Internet to communicate with another to commit a crime.
The defendant allegedly met Jill Miller of Liberty Township on a social media site. According to Assistant Prosecutor Steven Idema, the two became involved in a relationship which quickly transformed into a “sexual fantasy.”
Ettenberger allegedly encouraged Miller to incorporate a 9-year-old girl into their conversations via video and images; news reports indicate Miller was depicted in the images fondling the girl whose pants were lowered and shirt lifted. Miller is a mother to four children who are currently living with their father. A petition has been filed by a court which seeks to terminate Miller’s parental rights.
Miller pleaded guilty to several felony charges in November, including second-degree CSC. She was involved in a number of Columbia School District parent groups, and was president of the Columbia Middle School PTO. She is scheduled to be sentenced on January 8 by Circuit Judge John McBain.
Prosecutor Jerry Jarzynka announced on December 6 that Ettenberger was in the process of being extradited to Michigan. Both Jarzynka and Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry of Indiana applauded the work performed by law enforcement personnel in both states, given the challenges associated with investigating criminal offenses which involve multiple jurisdictions.
In Michigan, the penalties for a conviction of second-degree criminal sexual conduct include up to 15 years in prison. Considering the number of charges Ettenberger faces, it is likely he will face serious punishment if convicted. Miller may face harsh consequences as well upon her January sentencing date.
If you have been accused of a sex-related offense, it is critical to seek capable legal guidance and support immediately. Whether you have been arrested, charged, or are under investigation it is imperative to take action quickly, so that you have the best chance of avoiding a conviction and potential loss of your freedom.