November 18, 2017

Turner man pleads guilty to CSC charges

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STANDISH — Charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct were dismissed against Jeremy Gingerich of Turner when the defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree CSC in 23rd Circuit Court Sept. 21.

Gingerich, 41, was arrested in April due to allegations of sexual encounters with two underage females, a 13-year-old and a 12-year-old. The incidents involving the 13-year-old occurred in between March and June 2014, and the 12-year-old between the years 2012 and 2014. Court documents said the victims were residing in the same household as Gingerich at the time of the incidents.

In return for Gingerich’s plea to the two second-degree CSC charges, a total of three first-degree CSC charges were dismissed. The hearing Sept. 21 was originally scheduled as a competency hearing, during which it was announced an examiner did find him competent to stand trial.

The maximum sentence for second-degree CSC is 15 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 19 at 9 a.m. in 23rd Circuit Court.

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