After three days of trial, deliberations that ran late into the night on Friday and continued for a half-day on Monday, a Charlevoix County jury convicted Robert Arthur Torres, 38, Charlevoix, of Criminal Sexual Conduct, Fourth Degree.
Torres was found not guilty of the greater charge he faced, Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third Degree.
Criminal Sexual Conduct, Fourth Degree is engaging in sexual contact with a person at least 13 years of age and under 16 years of age. It carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison and requires that Torres register as a sex offender for the next 25 years.
The incident leading to the prosecution occurred in the City of Charlevoix back in 2015. The victim, who was 13 years old at the time of the incident, disclosed the assault in 2016. The jury also heard testimony from another witness who testified that Torres had engaged in similar conduct with her when she was between the ages of 12 and 15.
Charlevoix County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Caitlin Borchard tried the case for the prosecution while the Defendant was represented by John Jarema.
“We thank the jury for their time and consideration,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said. “It was difficult subject matter and was a lengthy case. The number of questions they asked and the length of time they deliberated showed they paid very close attention to this important case.”
The case was investigated by Deputy Chief Scott Hankins of the City of Charlevoix Police Department.
Torres will be sentenced in the 33rd Circuit Court by Judge Roy C. Hayes III on Dec. 15 at 9:00 a.m.