COLDWATER – A guilty plea entered by a woman facing a charge of criminal sexual conduct.
Branch County Circuit Court officials say 20 year old Jayme LaPoint entered a plea of guilty to first degree criminal sexual conduct, involving a two year old that she was babysitting. By entering the plea, three other charges of using a cell phone to send videos of the sexual acts to her husband were dismissed.
LaPoint is still being held in the Branch County Jail, and is scheduled to be sentenced September 23.
She is also one of four people that are facing charges filed by the Michigan Attorney General's Office for plotting to kidnap, rape and kill a child they were going to select at random. LaPoint and the other suspects, Matthew Toole of Battle Creek, Talia Furman of Springfield and David Bailey of Coldwater were all arrested by the Michigan State Police in September 2018 following an investigation.
Earlier this year, Toole and Furman were sentenced in Calhoun County. They were arrested in August 2018 on multiple charges, and were among a group of people arrested as part of a child pornography ring, and for raping young children.
Toole was sentenced after pleading no contest to charges of two counts of criminal sexual conduct. Furman was sentenced after she plead no contest to first degree criminal sexual conduct.
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