MIAMI COUNTY — A Troy man will spend 10 years to life in prison for sexually assaulting a child he was babysitting in a Troy hotel room.
Charles C. Cox, 43, of Troy, entered guilty pleas to first-degree rape of a minor under the age of 13, second-degree felony pandering sexually oriented materials, and three counts of second degree felony illegal use of a minor in nudity.
Judge Jeannine Pratt informed Cox the first-degree rape charge and its mandatory 10 year to life specification is an indefinite term. The the state parole board determines Cox’s length of prison time. The other four charges carry two to eight years of prison for each count. The joint recommendation with the state recommends each sentence to be run concurrent with one another.
Cox could face up to 42 years to life in prison and a maximum fine of $80,000.
Cox entered the pleas under a bill of information, dismissing the grand jury indictment in exchange for the guilty pleas.
Cox, who cried throughout the hearing, will also register as a Tier III and Tier II sex offender following his sentencing on Dec. 12. He will serve a mandatory 25 years of post-release control for all five counts.
Cox committed the offenses while on community control.
Cox was a resident at the Budget Inn on Archer Drive in Troy during the time the offense had occurred. The minor victim was known to Cox. Troy Police Department arrested Cox in July after the victim came forward with the allegations of sexual assault.
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