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      Charlevoix man sentenced in sexual assault of three-year-old girl

      It was alleged that Thomas Thorp, 56, sexually assaulted a three-year-old girl in 1997.

      A 56-year-old Charlevoix man was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to attempted third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

      It was alleged that Thomas Thorp, 56, sexually assaulted a three-year-old girl in 1997.

      Thorpe was paroled in 2013 for a 2008 conviction of three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child victim. Because of the new conviction, his parole in under review.

      "It was a difficult case on many levels," said Charlevoix County Prosecuting Attorney Allen Telgenhof. "The offense occurred seventeen years ago which makes it difficult to prosecute and also to put the victim and others who had been allegedly assaulted by the defendant through a trial always risks further traumatizing them. With this plea bargain, this brave young woman was able to face the man who abused her and tell him exactly how he affected her life. Hopefully this will help her get some closure."