Gladwin man sentenced to prison for sex crimes against child

Mercer could be in prison for up to 15 years.

A Gladwin man will spend up to 15 years in prison after pleading no contest to sex crimes in Clare County.

Robert Thomas Mercer, 35, was sentenced Monday.

The judge gave Mercer anywhere from 2.5 years to 15 years for second degree criminal sexual conduct, and 17 months to 2 years for attempting to accost a child for immoral purposes. Mercer will get credit for 94 days, and will serve those sentenced at the same time.

He will also have to pay more than $1,300 in fines.

Once he's released from prison, Mercer will be on the sex offender list. He cannot be within 500 feet of the victim, the victim's home and school.

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