Michael Ettenberger was charged, along with former PTO President Jill Miller, of Clarklake, Michigan, for participating in online solicitation of child sexually abusive material in December of 2013.
felony charges came out against him out of Jackson, Michigan. He resigned from the school system in June 2013.
At the time, the superintendent said detectives told him Ettenberger’s home computer was connected with an internet porn case, but there wasn’t anything on his school-issued electronic devices.
Ettenberger was found guilty by a Michigan jury on four sex-related counts back in September.
Officials said Ettenberger received the following sentence for each count, to be held concurrent:
Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree – 5 years minimum to 15 years maximum
Child Sexually Abusive Activity – 5 years minimum to 20 years maximum
Using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime – 5 years min to 20 years max
Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material – 1 year minimum to 4 years maximum
Officials said Michigan’s system sets sentencing years at a range. Ettenberger will serve the sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections.
Miller pleaded guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct, Child Sexually Abusive Activity and Using the Internet/Computer to Communicate with Another to Commit a Crime. She was sentenced to six to 20 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections in January 2014.
MUSKEGON, Michigan (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police are investigating a Muskegon County man who may have molested five to 10 boys he meet through his position as a volunteer church youth leader.
Doctor was a volunteer youth leader at a church police have not yet identified. He has not been affiliated with the church for 25 years.
When investigators searched Doctors' Muskegon area home looking for possible evidence of the sexual assault, they found a marijuana grow operation. Friday morning Doctor was in court for a hearing on the manufacturing marijuana charge. He has not been charged with sexual assault.
The Muskegon County Prosecutor's Office is waiting for full police reports from MSP detectives on the alleged sexual assault before deciding if Doctor will face additional criminal charges. He is being held in the Muskegon County Jail.
Detectives believe other teens affiliated with the church where Doctor volunteered may have be molested in the 1970s and 1980s. They ask anyone with information to call Michigan State Police Rockford Post at (616) 866-4411.
CHICAGO, Illinois. Cardinal Francis George on Thursday said the public release of the internal files of 36 priests accused of sexually abusing children shows the church’s “commitment to transparency” in one of the most disturbing chapters in the Roman Catholic Church’s history.
A list of the 36 priests accused
In a statement on the church’s website announcing the release of some 15,000 pages of once-secret documents, George said the Archdiocese of Chicago was “concerned first and foremost with bringing healing to abuse victims.”
“We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue,” George said. “Child abuse is a crime and a sin.”
|Cardinal Francis George|
Together with documents on more than two dozen priests released in January, the new files represent the archdiocese’s fullest public accounting of 63 of its priests who church officials found abused 352 children since 1950. The archdiocese has paid about $130 million to settle claims by victims, money raised largely through borrowing and selling church land.
The January files, made public as part of a settlement with victims, provided fresh details into how, for decades, the nation’s third-largest archdiocese quietly transferred accused priests from parish to parish, and how church officials failed to tell law enforcement about accusations that priests had sexually abused boys and girls.
The new files reflect the archdiocese’s continuing commitment to truth and accountability, said Bishop Francis Kane, the archdiocese’s vicar general, who said he was “still shocked and certainly ashamed” by the abuse.
“As we look at these documents, it’s a horrible thing and I don’t think that most priests had any idea these other men were doing this terrible thing,” Kane told the Tribune’s Editorial Board last week.
But Peggy Hough, of Evanston, who said the priest at her church in Glenview had abused her in the 1960s, said the archdiocese is not doing enough to make right decades of wrongdoing by priests and secrecy by top officials.
Hough said she was abused by the Rev. Eugene Burns beginning when she was 8 years old and he was pastor at St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church. Burns died in 2005, and Hough received a settlement from the archdiocese.
“The archdiocese is behaving as if this is such a great thing they are doing and (Cardinal) George’s legacy,” said Hough, 60. “But my question is, what took so long? Their secrecy has allowed this to perpetuate as long as it has and for more kids to be abused.”
With the release of the new documents, the archdiocese anticipated more victims coming forward. After the files were made public in January, about 60 people came forward with accusations of abuse, said Jan Slattery, director of the archdiocese’s office for the protection of children and youth.
Slattery said those accusations involved priests already removed from ministry based on previous allegations, and that the church was continuing to look into those accusations.
Among the 36 priests identified as part of Thursday’s scheduled document release, none is in active ministry and nine have been laicized, meaning they are no longer priests. Fourteen have died.
The files total do not include medical or mental health records, information protected by attorney-client privilege or that identifies victims or independent witnesses, church officials said.
The church has now released files on 63 priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The church deems an accusation credible if there is “reasonable cause” to believe the abuse occurred. In addition, the January documents included the files of three priests named in lawsuits but for whom allegations were never substantiated or published previously by the archdiocese.
George has admitted mishandling McCormack’s case. Police arrested McCormack in 2005 after a 10-year-old boy said the priest had fondled him. Police found the boy believable but released McCormack after a church official told the priest not to answer questions.
Outside auditors who examined the McCormack case in 2006 criticized how church officials responded to the abuse accusations, saying there were multiple failures, ranging from profound lack of communication to inadequate monitoring policies that put children in danger.
“For the many missteps in responding to accusations of sexual abuse of minors by Father McCormack, I must accept responsibility, and I do so,” George said in response.
Church authorities said 98 percent of all the known accusations stem from abuse that occurred before 1992, when then-Cardinal Joseph Bernardin enacted reforms that became a model for dioceses across the country.
“We’ve been working hard on this for a long time,” said John O’Malley, the archdiocese’s special counsel for misconduct. “Please challenge the advocates who say nothing has changed and everything is bad.”
One of the priests included in the new release is John Calicott, the former pastor of Holy Angels Roman Catholic Church in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. In a brief telephone interview Tuesday, Calicott, who was accused of molesting boys in the 1970s, denied abusing anyone, though in the past he has said publicly that he made mistakes. He said he prefers that the files remain closed.
“Some of us tried to fight (the release of documents), but there’s not much we can do,” said Calicott, now 67 and who was laicized in 2009. “(The archdiocese is) going to do what they want to do. This was just so long ago. I’m retired and just trying to go on with my life.”