Guthrie found guilty of CSC

ALPENA — A 49-year-old Alpena man could be headed to prison for the rest of his life after being found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. The jury issued its verdict Friday.

According to a press release from Alpena County Prosecutor Ed Black, Thomas James Guthrie was found guilty by the jury.

The assault took place with a male victim in 2005 and was investigated by a retired member of the Alpena Police Department. Though the file was not initially authorized, Sgt. William Gohl discovered it during the course of a recent investigation and submitted the file for prosecution. Charges were authorized in July 2016.

Black said the investigation and court process was slow moving and praised the victim for his courage, bravery and patience as the process played out.

“The survivor in this case is without a doubt, one of the bravest people I have ever met,” Black said. “On behalf of law enforcement, I would like to publicly apologize to him for the case taking so long to get authorized. Thankfully, the jury made sure that justice delayed was not justice denied.”

In the press release Black said nearly 90 percent of sexual assaults involve a female victim, but 63 percent are not reported to law enforcement.

“It is very reassuring and comforting to know that the people of this community can and will believe that men can be victims of this crime along with women and children,” Black said.

This is not the first time Guthrie has been found guilty of CSC. In 1993 he was convicted of two counts of CSC in the third degree and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

For more information on what to do if you are a male victim of sexual assault visit www.1in6.org or contact Hope Shore Alliance, a local service for victims of sexual or domestic abuse.

A date for his sentencing has not been scheduled.

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