Lowell Jay Bavers, 69, East Jordan was sentenced to 16 to 24 months in prison this morning by Judge Roy C. Hayes III in the 33rd Circuit Court for Charlevoix County.
Bavers had pleaded no contest to Criminal Sexual Conduct, Fourth Degree on July 18, 2019. He was originally charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree.
As part of the no contest plea, the Court reviewed an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case to establish a factual basis. The affidavit indicated that on many occasions the Defendant had sexually assaulted an eleven-year-old child at his home in the City of East Jordan.
The victim addressed the Court during the sentencing hearing and told the Court the impact that the incidents had on her and her family.
“I was so glad that she was able to speak in court. I know it was not an easy thing for her to do but she was so brave and it was very powerful,” Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof said.
“While the Defendant will not be spending the rest of his life in prison as he would have if convicted as he was originally charged, he was held accountable for his actions and this young lady and her family did not have to go through a trial which could have caused additional pain and trauma. He will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.”