PORTLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman hopes her statement in court and the thousands of signatures on a petition will convince an Ionia County judge to overrule the plea deal for her daughter’s abuser.
Court documents detailing Dean Stauffer’s case describe a pattern of abuse between May 2016 and September 2016. He was charged in November 2016 with three felony counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a count of aggravated indecent exposure.
He eventually reached a plea agreement with prosecutors that lowered the charges to one felony count of second-degree child abuse. The deal also called for a sentence of 12 months time served, probation and no requirement to register as a sex offender. Stauffer will be sentenced Tuesday.