Terpening sentenced in 2nd sex assault case

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

HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who allegedly sexually assaulted teens at the home for troubled youths that he ran has been sentenced in the second of two Barry County cases.

Michael Terpening was sentenced Wednesday to between 51 and 180 months in prison.

Terpending, who had already been found guilty of assaulting four teens who attended the home, pleaded no contest in February to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

His most recent 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.

In the first case, which was tried by the state attorney general’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
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