Jerry Campbell Jr., a 32-year-old Kalamazoo man, was sentenced to 12 to 20 years in prison on Monday, May 27 after being convicted of carrying on a sexual relationship with a teenage girl between December 2011 and May 2012. The alleged victim is now 15 years old. Kalamazoo County Circuit Judge Alexander C. Lipsey handed down Campbell’s sentence.
The girl said in a victim-impact statement that her life had been “forever changed.” According to a news article at Mlive.com, she became infected with herpes and Chlamydia during the relationship in which Campbell took her to local hotels. She also said that she had been robbed of her childhood.
In April, Campbell pleaded guilty to numerous charges including accosting children for immoral purposes, using a computer to commit a crime, and three counts of first-degree CSC involving a victim between the ages of 13 and 16. Campbell avoided prosecution in two other incidents involving sexual relationships with teenage girls which allegedly occurred in 2006 and 2012 as part of his plea agreement. He pleaded guilty as a fourth-time habitual offender, a status which stems from several drug offenses he was convicted of between 1998 and 2009.
Court documents revealed that Campbell text messaged the victim in the most recent case to set up meetings with the girl at local hotels. He also allegedly sent her a photo of his penis using his cell phone, and had her send him a photo of her breasts.
Judge Lipsey admonished Campbell saying that there was little or no justification in the situation, and that Campbell acknowledged there were multiple transgressions. Lipsey went on to say that, “At the very least, the community will not have you in it for 12 years.” Campbell was also sentenced in regards to the offenses of accosting children for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime; he will serve out these terms concurrently with the 12 to 20 years for criminal sexual conduct.
As all experienced Michigan sex crime lawyers know, being accused of a sexual crime involving a minor is extremely serious. In this case, Campbell will be placed on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry in addition to spending years behind bars.
Individuals who have been accused or arrested for sexual assault, rape, or any sex-related offense must consult with a capable Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. It is critical that you take legal action to protect your freedom and future.