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Former Calhoun Co. corrections officer to serve jail time after plea deal
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Former Calhoun County Corrections officer, Troy Pope is on his way to prison Friday night.
A judge accepted his 'no contest' plea to sexually assaulting a teenage boy Friday.
The 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct conviction will send him behind bars for a minimum of two years to a maximum of 15 years behind bars.
Troy Pope's defense attorney calls this process 'frustrating' because his client's sentencing was changed from 15 months to 2 to 15 years, after his client entered a 'no contest' plea agreement made with prosecutors.
"What is gonna happen is we're going to be more reluctant to enter into these agreements in the future if the prosecutor can't be trusted to stay by their word if there's an agreement," said J. Thomas Schaeffer, Troy Pope's attorney.
"I disagree, it doesn't set a bad precedent at all. Particularly in this case when it was a plea under advisement this plea wasn't accepted he could back out also. We have the right to back out and that's what we did," said Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert.
Now, J. Thomas Schaeffer says his client is working to put this behind him, but still maintains his innocence.
The plea agreement to 3rd degree CSC stems from a Facebook encounter with a 15-year-old boy in 2011. The victim testified in February, it was messages through a fake Facebook profile, that connected him to the former Calhoun County Corrections officer.
They came in contact about a month later, at gas station in Springfield Township. The teen says Pope paid him to perform a sex act on him.
Pope, who is the son of former Calhoun County Undersheriff Thomas Pope, will be a lifetime registered sex offender when released
"No one is above the law. It's not gunna be accepted on or off duty and sheriff handled it well," said Gilbert.
Two more CSC cases involving two more victims, were dropped as part of this plea deal.