HOUGHTON - A Lake Linden man was sentenced to a year in jail in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday for attempting to molest an underaged relative.
Robert Moilanen, 25, was charged with attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct. In a plea bargain, three counts of first-degree CSC, a life felony, and a count of second-degree CSC, a 16-year felony, were dismissed.
Moilanen received credit for 251 days served.
Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette
Robert Moilanen is seen in his sentencing hearing in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday. Moilanen was sentenced to a year in jail for attempted criminal sexual conduct against an underage relative.
Moilanen's relative accused him of intercourse over a three-year period when she was 5 to 8 years old. The abuse occurred 15 to 20 times, she said.
The girl had kept silent until last year, when her aunt had told her about childhood abuse she had suffered.
An-gel Kenneally, sexual assault services coordinator for Dial Help, read a letter written by the girl's family. The family asked for Moilanen to serve two years in jail and serve five years probation, as well as undergo counseling.
"My family will get better now that you're no longer part of us," the letter said in part. "As a family, we will never forgive you for this."
Judge Charles Goodman asked Moilanen about statements he had made in a presentence report that he had not committed the offense. Moilanen said he had been in denial.
"I still really don't want to accept it, but over time I will accept that I am guilty of this crime, and that I have done it," he said. "I am guilty of this crime, that is for sure. Anybody needs counseling with this kind of crime."
Moilanen apologized to the victim and her family.
"Nobody should be going through that in life," he said.
Goodman told Moilanen to continue the soul-searching he had been going through in jail. He also told Moilanen he would mandate counseling.
"You'd better put every ounce of energy, every ounce of your being into that counseling program, because the types of behaviors that brought you here cause pain, cause hurt," he said. "And it's unfair."