No contest plea in man’s 2nd sex assault case

Michael Terpening at sentencing. (Dec. 13, 2012)
Michael Terpening at sentencing. (Dec. 13, 2012)

HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who ran a home for troubled teens has entered into a plea deal in the second of two Barry County cases.

Michael Terpening, who was already found guilty of assaulting four teens who attended the home, pleaded no contest Friday to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

That came with a sentencing agreement of between 51 months and 15 years in prison, the AG’s Office said. That sentence will be served at the same time as the concurrent 10- to 15-year sentences he received in the first case.

Terpening will also have to register as a sex offender for life.

Sentencing proceedings are scheduled for March 5.

In the first case, which was tried by the state AG’s Office, a jury found Terpening guilty of eight counts in December 2012:

  • One count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct
  • One count of second-degree CSC
  • One count of fourth-degree attempted CSC
  • Two counts of aggravated indecent exposure
  • Three counts of fourth-degree CSC