Man extradited from Arizona pleads no contest to sex charges
Fri, 20 Dec 2013 17:23:28 GMT —
The man who was extradited from Arizona on criminal sexual conduct charges that date back to 1993 has pleaded no contest.
Floyd Bernath Crisman, 60, pled no contest to the charges Friday in a Charlevoix County court. He was facing two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct involving two separate victims under the age of 13.
Crisman was originally charged with one count of criminal sexual conduct in 1993, but failed to appear for trial and fled to Arizona where he was arrested in late November.
According to Crisman's court appointed attorney, Kraag Lieberman, Crisman pled no contest because his memory of the incidents was negatively impacted by his alcohol abuse, mini-strokes he suffered, and the fact that 20 years passed since the incidents.
A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated that way for sentencing purposes.
As part of a plea agreement, an additional charge of criminal sexual conduct and one charge of child abuse were dismissed.
Crisman is expected in court for sentencing on January 11.