Two Upper Michigan Men To Serve 30 Year in Prison for Sexual Assault Involving Children

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Two U.P. men to serve 30 years for sexually assaulting children

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Two Upper Michigan men were sentenced to 30 years in prison each today in Federal Court in Marquette for separate sexual assault cases involving children under the age of 12.

30 year old Aaron VanZile of Watersmeet was sentenced for an incident on the Lac Vieux Desert reservation on May 5, 2011. Court reports say VanZile, after ingesting alcohol and controlled substances, left a party he was attending and entered the home of another person without permission.  Once inside the home, VanZile saw the 9 year-old victim on a couch, and sexually assaulted her.

22-year-old Jay Hunter, a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, was sentenced for a series of incidents on the Bay Mills Indian Community reservation in Brimley between Fall 2010 and Spring 2011.  Hunter, who was babysitting the 8 year-old victim, sexually assaulted her.  The incident came to light in June 2011 when the victim told another babysitter what had happened to her. During the investigation, Hunter admitted to sexually assaulting the victim on three separate occasions.

Both men were also each ordered to serve five years of supervised release following release from prison and to pay a $100 special assessments.  Upon release from prison both men will be required to register as sexual offenders.

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