Man faces 22-35 years in prison for sexually assaulting children.

October 10, 2017

Ryan Herrera

Man faces 22-35 years in prison for sexually assaulting children.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

LUDINGTON — A 35-year-old Sherman Township man who pleaded guilty Tuesday, Oct. 10, in 51st Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes and second-degree habitual offender faces serving to 22-35 years in prison.

Ryan Lee Herrera, of 3376 N. Custer Rd., sexually assaulted two victims, a boy who was 12 and 13 years old at the time of the assaults, and his sister, who was 14 and 15 years old when the assaults occurred.

Herrera faced felony charges of second-offense first-degree criminal sexual conduct (victim under 13), first-degree criminal sexual conduct (during a felony), possession of child sexually-abusive material, delivery of marijuana, maintaining a drug house, and accosting a child for immoral purposes in one file. In another court file, Herrera was charged with second-offense accosting a child for immoral purposes. His case was set to go to trial, but will not proceed in light of his guilty pleas Tuesday.

Herrera testified Tuesday that he accosted the female child Dec. 15, 2016 at the Taco Bell restaurant in Pere Marquette Township. He told Judge Susan K. Sniegowski that the sexual assaults occurred at a home on Third Street in the City of Ludington.

He previously served a 10-15 year prison term for a second-degree CSC conviction in Mason County, Spaniola said.

Herrera will be subject to lifetime electronic monitoring upon his release from prison, Spaniola said.

Herrera remains lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $500,000 cash/surety bond awaiting sentencing, which is set for Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

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