ESCANABA - A 19-year-old Escanaba man was recently sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting a teen last spring. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court last week.
Tyler Austin LaPalm, of 320 S. 7th St., Escanaba, appeared before Judge Stephen Davis, who sentenced him Thursday to three to 10 years in prison on one count of criminal sexual conduct - assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.
LaPalm was also sentenced to 23 months to up to four years on one count of accosting children for immoral purposes. The two sentences are to be served at the same time. LaPalm was given credit for 87 days served in the county jail.
In addition to the prison terms, LaPalm was ordered to pay $266 in fines and costs. He is to have no contact with minors or the victim and her family.
According to court records, LaPalm was arrested in connection with a May 31 incident in Escanaba. He was arraigned on two counts of criminal sexual conduct, third degree, each a 15-year felony, regarding the alleged assault of a female aged 13-15 years.
The court case was suppressed to the public and the media at the district court level.
On June 18, the case was bound over to circuit court where LaPalm later pleaded no contest to one count of criminal sexual conduct - assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and pleaded no contest to one count of accosting children for immoral purposes.
The two original charges were dismissed in exchange for the above pleas.