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Ortonville man sentenced for sexual assault of minor

Eric Alexander Murcia

APPLETON — A 24-year-old man from Ortonville was sentenced Tuesday to 45 days in jail and 15 years of supervised probation after he was charged with sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 13 during the fall of 2017.

Eric Alexander Murcia entered an Alford plea to one count of felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct. An Alford plea means Murcia does not admit to the crime but agrees the state has sufficient evidence for a jury to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The court still treats it as a guilty plea and conviction, the plea agreement said.

Murcia was initially charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree. The first-degree charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

According to the court documents, Murcia is alleged to have sexually assaulted the minor several times, either at his home or in the semi he used for work in September and October 2017. The assaults ranged from touching to rape.

As part of his probation, Murcia must have no contact with the girl or her family. He must write a letter of apology, complete an outpatient sex offender treatment program, participate in couple's counseling in conjunction with the sex offender treatment program and must complete a polygraph examination within the first 60 days of treatment. He must not have unsupervised contact with females under the age of 18 and must not possess or have access to pornographic material.

Murcia was ordered to pay $1,029.87, including $439.87 in restitution and a $500 fine. He also has to register as a predatory offender.

If Murcia successfully completes his probation, the felony conviction may be reduced to a misdemeanor conviction, according to the sentencing order.

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