MANISTIQUE - Two Manistique residents - recently sentenced in court for accosting a teen in Hiawatha Township in 2012 - are now serving time in the Schoolcraft County Jail.
Kathy Jo McDougle, 40, of 7334W Riverview Dr., Manistique, appeared in Schoolcraft County Circuit Court on Thursday and was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail immediately. Her ex-husband, Daniel Lynn McDougle, 50, of 8554 7th St., Manistique, was sentenced in December to serve 10 months immediately.
The couple was arrested last August in connection with incidents in August 2012 when they tried to coax a female victim to do immoral acts. The case was investigated by Michigan State Police from the Manistique Detachment.
During Prosecutor Tim Noble's statement to the court Thursday, he described what happened as, "They were trying to... entice a 14-year-old girl to have sex with the husband."
Prior to being sentenced, Kathy Jo McDougle was in tears as she told the court she realizes the seriousness of her actions and she admitted they were wrong.
The woman's attorney, Jayne Mackowiak, said her client "realizes she needs to be punished for what she's done" and feels regret and remorse for her actions.
"I know this has been a life-changing event for this woman," the attorney added. "It's sad a young girl had to go through some things with (the defendant's) husband."
Judge William W. Carmody told Kathy Jo McDougle she was lucky the incidents did not go to further lengths. Because she has no criminal record, the charge is a misdemeanor, he added, advising her to take greater stock in her decisions in the future.
Carmody sentenced her to a six-month jail sentence on the high-court misdemeanor of attempting to accost a child less than 16 years old for immoral purposes. She will serve 60 days immediately with four months suspended. She will be on probation for five years. McDougle was given credit for serving three days in jail. She also was ordered to pay $1,398 in fines and costs.
In exchange for Kathy Jo McDougle's guilty plea to the above charge, the court dismissed the four-year felony of conspiracy to commit accosting of children for immoral purposes.
On Dec. 5, Daniel Lynn McDougle was sentenced to 12 months in jail on one count of aggravated indecent exposure (a high-court misdemeanor) and 11 months in jail on one count of accosting children for immoral purposes (a two-year felony), according to court records. He pleaded no contest to each count.
The court dismissed one count of the four-year felony of conspiracy to commit accosting of children for immoral purposes.
Daniel McDougle was ordered to spend 10 months in jail immediately on the two concurrent sentences with the balance suspended. He was placed on probation for five years. He was ordered to pay $1,466 in fines and costs.
Daniel McDougle and Kathy Jo McDougle were initially lodged in jail last summer but then released after each posted bond.
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