Shelby man who accosted 2 girls for sex sent to jail, faces deportation.

February 8, 2021

Adan Rivera-Rodriguez appears in 27th Circuit Court via Zoom video conferencing from the Oceana County Jail.      -OCP file photo

Shelby man who accosted 2 girls for sex sent to jail, faces deportation.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 30-year-old Shelby man was sentenced to six months in jail in 27th Circuit Court Monday, Feb. 8, for convictions of two counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Adan Rivera-Rodriguez, of 19 N. Michigan Ave., pleaded “no contest” Dec. 14.

Rivera-Rodriguez, who is not a US citizen, faces deportation to Mexico.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-17 months, said Judge Robert D. Springstead, who gave Rivera-Rodriguez credit for 144 days served in jail. “I am not putting him on probation, because he is not a US citizen and may be awaiting deportation,” said Judge Springstead.

“My client is very much looking forward to putting this behind him,” said defense attorney Ryan Good.

Rivera-Rodriguez was driving a car in the Village of Shelby last September and “had contact with a 15-year-old female and a 14-year-old female,” said Judge Springstead during a previous court hearing. “While in the vehicle, he told them he would pay them for a fun time and would pay them money for sex.”

A video shows that the girls “repeatedly told the defendant no and told him to leave,” said Judge Springstead. “The girls became afraid and ran home and called police.”

“He approached them in a vehicle and made a lewd offer,” previously said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon. No physical contact was made.

“This may have an effect on your legal status in the United States,” said Springstead. “It could cause you to be deported or to not lawfully enter the United States in the future.”

Rivera-Rodriguez testified in court Monday through Spanish translator Kathy Fuehring.

“He was possibly intoxicated at the time of the incident,” added Bizon.

The sentencing hearing was held via Zoom video conferencing due to COVID-19.

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