Ludington man faces prison, admits to sexually assaulting children.

May 10, 2016

Arturo Lopez with his attorney, Ryan Glandville, and interpretor Viola Sotomayer.

Arturo Lopez with his attorney, Ryan Glandville, and interpretor Viola Sotomayer.

By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 59-year-old Ludington man faces concurrent terms of seven to 15 years and seven to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday, May 10, in 51st Circuit Court to one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and one count of third-degree CSC.

Arturo Ruiz Lopez, of 605 S. Washington Ave., appeared in court with his attorney, Ryan Glandville, and a Spanish-English translator, Viola Sotomayor, during an adjourned final conference hearing. The hearing was adjourned last month, because Lopez, who is not a US citizen, had not yet consulted with an immigration attorney.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski asked Lopez Tuesday if he has since spoken with an immigration attorney, and he said that he has. He faces the possibility of deportation to Mexico.

Lopez initially faced two counts of first-degree CSC, which are punishable by up to life in prison, and two counts of third-degree CSC, which have a 15-year maximum. He was arrested March 1 by Ludington Police Department in connection to the sexual assault of two Ludington children.

Lopez pleaded guilty to an added count of second-degree CSC – victim under 13 and third-degree CSC. He testified that in 2004 and 2005, he engaged in sexual contact, digital penetration, with a victim under age 13. He also testified that from July of 2012 to May 2014, he engaged in digital penetration of a child 13-16 years of age.

Sentencing is set for June 21 at 3:15 p.m.

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