HOUGHTON - A Lake Linden man was sentenced to a year in jail in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday for sexually assaulting a minor.
Chad LaPointe, 27, pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a girl at least 13 years old but younger than 16, a two-year high court misdemeanor.
State sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of two to 17 months, which by statute means LaPointe could only get county jail time.
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Chad LaPointe, right, stands with his attorney David Gemignani as he is sentenced by Houghton County Circuit Court Judge Charles Goodman in court Monday. LaPointe pleaded no contest for a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct with a girl at least 13 years old but younger than 16.
Three other felony charges were dismissed in a plea agreement, including a 15-year second-degree CSC charge. LaPointe must also move to Wisconsin once released.
"I hope Mr. LaPointe is quite clear that the file is being dismissed ... without prejudice," said Houghton County Assistant Prosecutor Brittany Bulleit. "If he returns to the area, the charges will be brought against him."
LaPointe's attorney, David Gemignani, said the move might be LaPointe's best chance at a fresh start.
"If any of this behavior is committed again, I don't know what the outcome will be ... it can only be worse in the future than it is today," he said.
Asked by Goodman if he wanted to make a statement, LaPointe said, "No, sir."
LaPointe received credit for 195 days served. He was also sentenced to nine months in jail in September for failing to register as a sex offender after an earlier offense.