Former corrections deputy sentenced in sexual conduct case

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published July 2, 2020

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MOUNT CLEMENS — A former Macomb County Sheriff’s Office corrections deputy was recently sentenced for incidents that took place inside the Macomb County Jail.

Ryan Stateler, 26, who is no longer employed with the Sheriff’s Office, was sentenced June 25 by Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Michael Servitto to 18 months probation, with the first 120 days in the Macomb County Jail. He is to report to jail July 10 unless both parties can verify if Stateler can serve his sentence in the St. Clair County Jail.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Sian Hengeveld said, since Stateler is ex-law enforcement, she wasn’t sure how incarceration would work if he returned to the Macomb County Jail, for safety purposes.

Stateler must also register as a sex offender.

In 2019, Stateler was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a high court

misdemeanor, and fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct, a misdemeanor.

In May, he pleaded no contest to fourth-degree attempted criminal sexual conduct. The fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge was dismissed at sentencing.

Prior to learning of his sentence, Stateler said he understands how serious the incident is and said he’s made many advances with the company he now works with.

“In my past, I’ve never had any negative encounters with law enforcement,” he said.

The police report states that the female inmate involved in Stateler’s case reported the sexual relations with him, including digital penetration on three separate dates.

At the sentencing, Stateler’s attorney, John Goldpaugh, said his client engaged in “stupid” acts.

“When he was being interviewed and told of the allegations, he immediately resigned from the jail,” Goldpaugh said. “He did not want to embarrass or cause any further problems with the Macomb County Jail or its reputation.”

Servitto said the victim in Stateler’s case indicated that Stateler took advantage of her mental health issues.

Goldpaugh said Stateler’s sentencing recommendation was six-months probation, with the first 90 days in jail. Goldpaugh asked if Stateler could be placed on a tether for the first 90 days — a request that was denied.

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