HASTINGS, Mich. (WOOD) - A man was sentenced Thursday for sexually assaulting four teenagers who attended his youth camp in Barry County.
Michael Terpening will spend 10 to 15 years in prison on two of the convicted counts; the terms will run concurrently. He was also given credit for time served on the other six counts.
In November, he was found guilty on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct, two counts of aggravated indecent exposure, and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.
During the sentencing hearing, the judge called Terpening "predatory," saying he groomed his victims to earn their trust, and then assaulted and traumatized them, leaving psychological scars.
The victims did not address the court, but an emotional Terpening did.
"This has been a very very hard experience, not just for me but for all of my family," Terpening told the judge. "I didn't want to go to trial it was so emotionally draining. It was harder what I had to go through and not just for me. I feel bad for my wife, for my kids, for everybody."
The judge said Terpening showed no remorse for the victims.
Terpening said he feels like he has already served his time since the allegations surfaced.
"I gave up everything for 19 months of my life," Terpening said. "I had to for 19 months, I've been in prison for 19 months for that time, that's how I feel."
Terpening, 33, said he didn't want to go to trial, and loves his family who has been threatened, and that he has been ridiculed in jail for his conviction.
"I have people who ridicule me. I have people trying to get in the shower with me, who try to terrorize me, hump my leg in jail."
But the judge said she was not impressed with Terpening's remarks and stayed firm with the sentencing guidelines.
It was noted in the courtroom that Terpening said he wanted to become a foster parent when he was 22 and requested sexual assault victims. He was the patient of a therapist before all of the allegations began.
Terpening also faces two other counts and will go on trial for those in 2013.
Terpening was the director at Earth Services, 15485 Jenkins Road in Bellevue. The facility began as Educated Animal Rescue (E.A.R.), and then "grew to become E.A.R.T.H., Educated Animal Rescue and Teen Haven," according to its website.
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