A Mid-Michigan man will spend time in prison for sexually assaulting two girls while volunteering at a local high school.
Assistant Saginaw County Prosecutor Andy Hoag confirms 20-year-old Jeffrey Donald Church was sentenced Thursday, March 15 to up to five years in prison.
Hoag said Hemlock High School contacted police in 2016 when they learned of the allegations against Church.
Hoag said Church used his connection as a volunteer band instructor and volunteer track coach at the high school to sexually assault two girls, ages 14 and 15. However, Josh Chase, who has been the band director at Hemlock Schools for 14 years, said Church was a band member but "at no time was he ever a band volunteer."
Hoag said one of the assaults happened on school property, and the other off campus.
Church was originally charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a sentence of up to life in prison, as well as assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, a 10-year offense.
He pleaded down to second degree and fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, according to Hoag.
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