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Posted on Wed, May 1, 2013 : 5:07 p.m.

Prison ordered for man who sexually assaulted teens he met on Facebook

By Kyle Feldscher

A 23-year-old Ypsilanti Township man who pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges involving two teenage girls will serve 10 to 15 years in prison, according to a sheriff’s office official.

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Paul Creps

Courtesy of WCSO

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Geoffrey Fox said Paul Creps was sentenced to 10 to 15 years in prison for two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Creps pleaded guilty to the two counts in exchange for two other counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct to be dropped on Jan. 22.

Washtenaw County Trial Court Judge Archie Brown sentenced Creps Wednesday afternoon. Creps has been lodged at the Washtenaw County Jail since he pleaded guilty in January.

Creps pleaded guilty to contacting underage girls through social media websites, such as Facebook, and then sexually assaulting them. Fox said Creps' cellphone also had numerous images of young girls, some of whom were nude.

He was first arrested after he was suspected of sexually assaulting a girl who was younger than 16. Two of the third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were related to that girl. A second girl, 15, came forward after Creps was charged in the initial case. The other two third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were related to that girl.

According to investigators, Creps would contact the girls through Facebook, pressure them to have sex, pick them up in his truck and then sexually assault them in his vehicle.

Kyle Feldscher covers cops and courts for AnnArbor.com. He can be reached at kylefeldscher@annarbor.com or you can follow him on Twitter.

Comments

Linda Peck

Fri, May 3, 2013 : 7:52 p.m.

I am thankful those brave girls came forward. God bless them and I pray they will heal completely.

The Infinite Jester

Thu, May 2, 2013 : 3:09 a.m.

Good thing he was arrested before he could hurt more girls.

halflight

Thu, May 2, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

Kyle-- Looking back at the article covering this man's guilty plea, it's implied that he plead to Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd degree because he had intercourse with a person over the age of 13 and under the age of 16. In that article John counts wrote: 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. Now you've written: According to investigators, Creps would contact the girls through Facebook, pressure them to have sex, pick them up in his truck and then sexually assault them in his vehicle. Michigan law defines CSC 3rd in part as "750.520d Criminal sexual conduct in the third degree; felony. Sec. 520d. (1) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree if the person engages in sexual penetration with another person and if any of the following circumstances exist: (a) That other person is at least 13 years of age and under 16 years of age" http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(2bvqr1554xtvohvhydl2d255))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-750-520d If all of Creps victims were under the age of 16, there's no requirement that sexual penetration resulted from an assault. Even if his victims willingly participated, it's still a crime. This is what is colloquially known as "statutory rape". It's an important distinction. If someone is under the age of 16, and you have sexual intercourse with them, you've committed Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 3rd degree. No "assault" needed.

lisam

Thu, May 2, 2013 : 12:29 a.m.

I do agree, he got what he deserved. On the other side of that, where were/are the parents of these kids on these websites?

Jay Thomas

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 10:18 p.m.

Well... bye.

Kyle Feldscher

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 9:34 p.m.

Sorry about the small coding error there, everyone. It's fixed and should be better momentarily.

Paul

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 9:28 p.m.

Wow, that was quick. Glad the girls don't have to go through a trial. He must know what he did wasn't right--how many were there, sounds like a bunch.