Rothbury man to serve 20-year minimum for first-degree CSC.

June 29, 2020


Rothbury man to serve 20-year minimum for first-degree CSC.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 21-year-old Rothbury man lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on a felony charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) appeared in Oceana County’s 27th Circuit Court Monday, June 29, and pleaded guilty to a more serious felony charge of first-degree CSC — victim under 13.

Gregory Lawrence Dougherty, of 7169 S. 88th Ave., faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Judge Robert D. Springstead will set the maximum term, Bizon said.

Judge Springstead asked Dougherty why he was pleading guilty. “I’m pleading guilty because I did what I did,” he answered.

Dougherty testified that he had sex with an 11-year-old girl last winter in an abandoned house in Rothbury down the street from his parents’ home.

“She was slightly a friend of mine,” he said. “She became one of my good friends, but she isn’t anymore.”

“How did you convince this girl to go in an abandoned building with you?” the judge asked. “She always followed me around,” he said.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Due to COVID-19 precautions, Dougherty appeared in court Monday via Zoom teleconferencing from the Muskegon County Jail. He is lodged on a $10,000/cash/surety bond. His bond in Oceana County was set at $25,000/cash/surety/10 percent, according to court records. His arrest in Oceana County stems from an investigation by the Michigan State Police.

First-degree CSC is punishable by up to life in prison, and third-degree CSC carries a maximum 15-year penalty.

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