Branch man sentenced to 20-50 years in prison for CSC.

May 9, 2017
Jordan Bates with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Jordan Bates with his attorney, Douglas Stevenson.

Branch man sentenced to 20-50 years in prison for CSC.

‘He has taken so much from this family, and I hate him for it. I hope he rots in hell for what he did to my little boy,’ stated the victim’s mother.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 23-year-old Branch man was sentenced to 20-50 in years in prison in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, May 9, for a conviction of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) involving the repeated sexual abuse of a 12-year-old boy.

Jordan Daniel Bates, of 1946 S. Shepperd Rd., pleaded guilty March 14 to the charge. In exchange for his plea, three counts of first-degree CSC and three counts of second-degree CSC were dismissed.

Bates will be subject to lifetime electronic monitoring and tier-three sex offender registration upon his release from prison, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

The pre-sentence investigation (PSI) report “paints a very dark picture of sexual abuse,” Spaniola said, describing the “repeated sexual abuse” of the child. There were “a large number of sexual penetrations” that took place in the woods, vacant houses and other locations.

Sentencing guidelines in the case were 126-210 months, the prosecutor said. Bates had no prior criminal record other than a misdemeanor conviction. The victim’s family and his mother approved of the plea agreement, Spaniola said.

“I think that Jordan was looking for a family he knew that he could manipulate,” Spaniola read from a letter written by the victim’s mother. She described it as “a disgusting act,” stating that her son will have to “deal with therapy for the rest of his life. He has taken so much from this family, and I hate him for it. I hope he rots in hell for what he did to my little boy.”

“The PSI details a course of conduct that was extreme manipulation of this 12-year-old child” and Bates’ “predatory behavior,” said Judge Susan K. Sniegowski, citing “repeated violations of this child. The damage that the defendant has done to this child cannot be repaired. He will have to live with this for the rest of his life.”

Bates received credit for 225 days served in jail.

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