ESCANABA - A Perronville man, accused of criminal sexual conduct, entered a plea Monday in a case that dates back to December of last year. The hearing took place in Delta County Circuit Court.
William Francis Lantagne, 65, of N21041 Pach Lane, Perronville, pleaded no contest to second-degree criminal sexual conduct. The felony carries a maximum sentencing of 15 years in prison. Lantagne entered a no contest plea due to the nature of the case.
In exchange for the no contest plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss a harsher count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct which Lantagne was arrested on this spring. The prosecution also agreed to recommend the lower end of the sentencing range of the pre-sentence investigation, yet to be conducted.
Because of the no contest plea, Judge Stephen Davis will use the police report to assist in sentencing the defendant. According to the police investigation, Lantagne initiated and had sexual contact with a 17-year-old female on Dec. 29, 2011, in Wells Township.
He was arrested on April 12 at which time he posted a $25,000 bond and was released from police custody.
Lantagne is scheduled to be sentenced in circuit court on Oct. 8. Judge Davis told him to have all his personal affairs in order at that time because sentencing could include jail or prison time.