A Morenci man will be sentenced in January after conviction last week for second degree criminal sexual conduct.
Paul Corrin, 69, of E. Coomer Street, was convicted by jury Thursday in Lenawee County Circuit Court and could face up to 15 years in prison.
Corrin was found guilty of inappropriately touching his three-year-old step-granddaughter in September 2007.
This was a unique case, said Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, in that Corrin reported the incident to Child Protective Services the following day. Weeks was then called to investigate the report.
Corrin testified that the child initiated the act. He told a Child Protective Services investigator he did the touching because he was trying to find out if someone else was abusing the child. He suspected that another family member was instigating such behavior, however, that was never discussed with the girl’s mother.
The victim, now four years old, was required to testify on the stand. She said the incident began as playful tickling in her private area.
Weeks said he’s been asked if he was satisfied with the outcome of the trial.
“I’m pleased that we got a guilty verdict,” Chief Weeks said, “but that doesn’t change the fact that a girl has been abused and a family has been torn apart. There are really no winners.”