Second man sentenced in eavesdropping case.

August 11, 2020

Second man sentenced in eavesdropping case.

Duo convicted for photographing partially naked woman.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON — A second man was sentenced in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, Aug. 11, for a conviction of “eavesdropping — installing device” after he and a co-defendant took a photo and shared it among friends of a partially-unclothed 17-year-old woman who was passed out at a party in 2017.


Alex Christian Jobbins-Ortiz, 25, of 602 S. Madison St., Ludington and Isaiah Samuel Pena, 21, of 5784 W. Johnson Rd., Pere Marquette Township, were arrested last January by the Ludington Police Department on a felony charge of “surveilling an unclothed person.”

Both pleaded to the lesser felony charge — which is punishable by up to two years in prison, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola.

Pena was sentenced earlier this summer to serve 90 days up front of a one-year discretionary jail term with credit for 90 days already served. He was also ordered to serve two years probation.

Jobbins-Ortiz was sentenced Tuesday to serve six months on an electronic tether of a one-year discretionary jail term. Sentencing guidelines in his case were 0-11 months.

Spaniola read a victim impact statement in court.

“I become so overwhelmed that I can’t function anymore,” the victim wrote. “Be proud of that one night you took my life out of my hands. I


think you’re just vile. I will never allow myself to be that vulnerable again.”

Jobbins-Ortiz’s attorney Douglas Stevenson criticized law enforcement and the prosecution for taking three years to charge the defendants. “The case sat somewhere for three years. That’s my biggest complaint about this.”

The woman was intoxicated and passed out at a party in the City of Ludington, June 17, 2017, Spaniola said. She had no pants on, and her bare bottom was visible. Her face could not be seen, but she could be still be identified. Neither man admitted to removing her pants.

By pleading to the lesser charge, neither will have to register as a sex offender, he said.

Jobbins-Ortiz received credit for two days served in jail.

Alex Jobbins-Ortiz, left, with his attorney Douglas Stevenson.

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