Rolls takes plea deal; some charges dropped

Gary Rolls. (Courtesy Kent County Sheriff's Department - December 2013)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Kent County commissioner pleaded guilty to three counts in a plea deal with Kent County prosecutors Tuesday.

Gary Rolls resigned from his commission seat in December after charges that he allegedly sexually abused a woman for years. He faced six felony charges and one amended charge.

His trial was set to begin in early May, but was put on hold.

Rolls is pleading guilty to one count of using a computer to commit a crime, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the 4th degree.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors will dismiss four counts of CSC in the 1st degree against Rolls.

On Friday, 24 Hour News 8 obtained a document filed by defense attorney Jeffrey O’Hara, indicates he’ll try to show the woman who claims Rolls molested her from the time she was 9 until she became an adult has perjured herself several times.

If Rolls had gone to trial, he was facing up to life in prison, but the sentencing guidelines under the plea deal call for Rolls to serve a maximum of 17 months in prison. The prosecutor is recommending Rolls spend 12 months in jail.

Rolls was remanded to the Kent County jail until his sentencing, which is set for June 19th.

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