MARQUETTE - A Bay Mills Indian Community member has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Marquette to 30 years in federal prison for aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.
In addition to the prison sentence, Jay Emerson Hunter, 22, was ordered by U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar to serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence and to pay a $100 special assessment. Upon release from prison, Hunter will be required to register as a sexual offender.
On May 14, Hunter pleaded guilty to Count 1 of a federal indictment charging him with aggravated sexual abuse of a child under 12. The charge stemmed from an incident at a residence in Brimley on the Bay Mills Indian Community reservation between fall 2010 and spring 2011.
During this incident, Hunter, who was baby-sitting the 8 year-old victim, sexually assaulted her. The incident came to light in June 2011 when the victim told another babysitter what had happened to her. During the investigation, Hunter admitted to sexually assaulting the victim on three separate occasions, attorneys said. The Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Police and the FBI investigated the case.