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Posted on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 10:08 a.m.

Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting underage girls he met on Facebook

By John Counts


Paul Joseph Creps

Courtesy of WCSO

A 23-year-old Ypsilanti Township man accused of sexually assaulting underage girls he met on Facebook pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexual assault charges a few weeks after initially refusing a plea deal, according to court records.

Paul Joseph Creps faced a total of four third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in two cases -- one case for each victim. After accepting a plea agreement Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to two of the counts in exchange for the dismissal of the two others, records indicate.

A sentencing agreement was not part of the plea deal, so it will be up to Judge Archie Brown to determine the punishment on March 6. The maximum prison term for third-degree CSC is 15 years. Third-degree CSC is partly defined as engaging in sexual penetration with a person between 13 and 16 years of age.

Creps, who was out on bond, was taken into custody following the hearing where the plea deal was struck, police said. He will be held at the county jail until sentencing.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies first arrested Creps on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a girl who was under 16. After that arrest, investigators went through his phone and found many pictures of nude underage girls, deputies said.

A second girl, a 15-year-old from Ypsilanti, was located after Creps was charged in the initial case.

Prosecutors have said Creps used the same method of operation with the victims: he contacted them through Facebook, pressured them to have sex, picked them up in his truck and had sex with them in the vehicle.

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Mon, Jan 28, 2013 : 7:09 p.m.

He is a creep and a sexual predator. Put him away and let him be someone else's girl for a few years.


Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 1:10 p.m.

Who was in charge of these girls? If they were "under age" were there not parents with supervisory duties over them? The parents think it's OK for them to run off with a dude from Facebook?


Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 5:08 a.m.

New Crime Venue: The Internet. Young people should be so instructed by their parents and teachers.


Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 12:37 a.m.

Paul Joseph Creps? More like Paul Joseph CREEPS!


Sat, Jan 26, 2013 : 2:05 a.m.

Clap............................clap.................................clap....................................clap................................ . Good one


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 6:08 p.m.

Good thing they caught him early. Sick people like this will continue to hurt kids their entire lives. Sandusky probably started in his 20's as well.


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 5:48 p.m.

How was he "out on bond'? How did any Judge in their right mind, allow bond in this case!

Basic Bob

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 8:53 p.m.

Ben, there are rules the judge has to follow. By rule he was eligible to post bail and be released until trial. Jail is not punishment because he was not found guilty. In the case of a murder trial with possible life in prison, it can be argued the defendant will try to disappear if released, even if he is presumed innocent.

John Counts

Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 6:23 p.m.

Hi BenWoodruff: A district court judge changed the bond from $75,000 cash to 10 percent of $75,000 back in November. At the time, Judge Kirk Tabbey said, "I feel (the bond) will still assure his presence. I felt it is still enough bond to hold him." Here's the original story:


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 5:56 p.m.

Cause you are assumed innocent until proven guilty or you plea guilty. I know sometimes its hard to understand, this guy seemed to been caught red handed. His only defense was to say he was told and believed the girls were adults...that doesn't fly so well with juries.


Fri, Jan 25, 2013 : 4:52 p.m.

How do you pressure somebody through Facebook?