An 18-year-old man has been sentenced to a minimum of five years for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl.
According to MLive, Taylor James Dusen of Ravenna, Michigan pled guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in July, a charge that involves sexual penetration with a child under age 13.
The case came to authorities' attention when the victim's mother found her daughter's diary outlining the sexual assault.
According to Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat, the victim and Dusen met through a mutual friend in 2016. The sexual assaults occurred in March 2017 at the victim's home, and there were reportedly more than one on the same day.
Following the diary discovery, the mother reported the incident to the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department. Dusen was arrested on May 31.
Dusen does not have a prior criminal history. The judge sentenced him to a minimum of five years and a maximum of 35 years, as is within state guidelines.
[Photo: Michigan Dept. of Corrections]