BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) - An ex-Calhoun County Jail guard accused of having sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy has one week to decide if he will face a jury.
Troy Pope was supposed to be sentenced Friday morning in Calhoun County court after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The victim in the case was not a jail inmate. Pope was fired after the allegations arose.
But state sentencing guidelines call for a longer sentence than the one specified in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
The judge said he would impose a sentence of between two and 15 years in prison.
Pope was given until Friday, Oct. 4 to decide whether he will accept that sentence or withdraw his plea and move forward to trial.
A 16-year-old former inmate told Target 8 in March that Pope watched him in the shower. When he told a female jail nurse about it, she told him to be wary of Pope.
That nurse was later fired. She sued, saying she was wrongfully terminated because she spoke out against Pope, whose father was the county undersheriff at the time. The jail later settled with that nurse.
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