Jail term given in criminal sexual conduct case

ESCANABA — A 17-year-old Gladstone male who recently pleaded guilty to one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct involving a minor child was ordered to spend one year in jail during his sentencing at the Delta County courthouse Thursday.

Earlier this year, Jared Scott Grenier was charged with one count of attempted criminal sexual conduct, second degree, involving a person under 13 years of age, a five-year felony. He was also charged with one count of accosting children for immoral purposes, a four-year felony, and one count of attempted accosting children for immoral purposes, a two-year felony.

The charges stemmed from a Feb. 25 incident in Escanaba involving a minor child, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the investigating agency.

Following Grenier’s arrest, he was lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash/surety bond and ordered to have no contact with children under the age of 14 years.

A jury trial scheduled for Aug. 30-31 was cancelled when Grenier pleaded guilty to the attempted criminal sexual conduct charge on Aug. 10. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the two accosting charges.

In addition to the 12-month jail term, Probate Judge Robert Goebel Jr. placed Grenier on probation for five years.

He was given credit for serving 176 days in jail. He was also ordered to pay a total of $908 in fines and costs.

Grenier was sentenced by the probate judge due to Circuit Court Judge John Economopoulos having a conflict of interest.

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