Escanaba man pleads guilty

ESCANABA — A 23-year-old Escanaba man recently pleaded guilty to accosting children for immoral purposes and is scheduled to be sentenced on the four-year felony next month in Delta County Circuit Court.

Cory Michael Gibbs, of 1505 N. 20th St., Escanaba, was arrested earlier this year and charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes.

The charges stem from incidents on June 10, 2015, involving two minors in Escanaba, according to Escanaba Public Safety, the arresting agency.

Following his arrest, Gibbs’ records were suppressed to the public at the district court level. After undergoing a psychiatric exam, he was found competent to go to trial. After being bound over to circuit court last month, he made a plea agreement.

In exchange for Gibbs pleading guilty to the accosting charge, the prosecution agreed to dismiss two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (victims under age 13), two counts of criminal sexual conduct with intent to commit sexual penetration, and a second count of accosting children for immoral purposes.