A Collins man pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually abusing a 4-year-old New London girl.
Joseph B. Chairez, 26, of 774 Hartland Center Road, will be sentenced Aug. 21, Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said. Leffler and defense attorney John Allton agreed to recommend the defendant serve 10 years in prison and be classified as a sexual predator, which means a lifetime of address registration and verification.
The judge doesn’t have to follow the recommendation, but “the odds are strong” he will, Leffler said.
Chairez pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of rape in exchange for the state dismissing two other charges.
“This guy has admitted to doing this on one occasion,” Leffler said. “The girl said it happened three times.”
The alleged offenses occurred when Chairez babysat the daughter of a friend in May and June 2006.
In early May, a Huron County social worker told New London Police Chief Mark Holden about a third-hand tip she received about a suspected sexual assault involving Chairez and the victim. During a May 21 interview, the defendant admitted to Holden he sexually abused the girl.
Holden described Chairez as regretful during the interview.
Leffler congratulated Holden: “He got an admission from this guy,” he said, which is especially important since the victim is so young.
Authorities also discovered a home-made video of Chairez performing sex acts with two girls, 13 and 16.
“He’s got some real issues,” Leffler said.
Holden said one of the witnesses is from Florida, where there are other ongoing investigations into Chairez’s conduct with three or more victims, from ages 13 to 17.
Chairez has been in custody in the Huron County Jail since May 21, unable to post a $100,000 bond.