Former Ann Arbor resident to spend 10-15 years in prison for sexually abusing young girl
A former Ann Arbor man will spend between 10 and 15 years in prison after pleading guilty on Wednesday to sexually abusing a young girl during a four-year period.
James Galt, currently of Portage, admitted to sexually abusing a young girl who was under the age of 13 from Jan. 1, 1997, until Dec. 31, 2001, while pleading guilty to a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The girl was 9 years old when the abuse, which Galt admitted included penetration, started.
AnnArbor.com is not revealing how Galt knew the victim because it could potentially identify her.
Galt said he commended the victim for coming forward and alerting authorities to the abuse.
“It pains me to admit this, but I sexually abused (the victim), which includes penetration,” Galt told Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown when entering his plea.
Although first-degree criminal sexual conduct of a victim younger than 13 years old carries a maximum punishment of life in prison, Galt will only serve between 10 and 15 years in prison because of a sentencing agreement with Brown. He will be officially sentenced at a court hearing at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Galt is currently free on bond.
Galt’s lawyer James Fifelski informed him that his guilty plea can have potential immigration implications. Fifelski said it’s likely that Galt will be deported to his native Scotland after he is released from prison.
Galt was arraigned on the charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in May. Court records show that he is a divorced father of two and he used to live on Charlton Avenue in Ann Arbor, where he sexually assaulted the young girl.