Maximum sentence given for child sex abuse


IRON MOUNTAIN — A Kingsford man will spend at least 25 years behind bars for having sexual contact with a 4-year-old boy last summer and using a smart phone to take photos of the incidents.

Judge Mary Barglind decided Tuesday a minimum prison term at the top end of the Michigan sentencing guideline range of 11 to 25 years would be appropriate for 37-year-old Jason Joseph Grailer, noting the case “sickened” her even more than a murder trial she presided over in Menominee County last year.

Grailer previously pleaded guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court to felony using a computer to commit child sexually abusive activity, two counts of felony criminal sexual conduct-second degree, and a habitual offender-second status, making the maximum possible incarceration period 52.5 years.

Although Grailer only was charged for incidents with a 4-year-old boy in Iron Mountain between June and August 2017, he had other juvenile victims in two uncharged cases, Dickinson County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Kristin Kass told the court.

The consistent request from all the victims’ families was Grailer be sentenced to as long a prison term as possible so their children will be as old as possible when he walks free, Kass said.

Several family members offered victim impact statements in person or in writing, telling the court about their children having nightmares, being full of anger and needing counseling.

“There’s nothing I can say that will rectify anything,” Grailer said when given a chance to address the court and the victims’ families. “All I can say is, I’m sorry.”

Defense attorney Abbey Anderson agreed nothing could justify Grailer’s actions, but she did point out he, too, was the victim of sexual assault as a child and subsequently has dealt with lasting mental health and substance abuse issues.

Barglind took this into consideration but noted Grailer chose to “continue the cycle of violence.” She commended the victims and their parents for having the strength to come forward.

Grailer will get credit for 189 days already served in the Dickinson County Jail.