Former Frankfort middle school principal found guilty of child sex abuse charges

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Michael Ettenberger

JACKSON, Michigan (Sept. 26, 2014)– A former Frankfort middle school principal was found guilty for his role in a multi-state child sexually abusive material case.

A Jackson County, Michigan jury found Michael Ettenberger guilty of four counts on Thursday.

Ettenberger was charged last December for his role in soliciting child sexually abusive material online.  The charges were the result of an investigation by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan.

Ettenberger, who is scheduled to be sentenced on November 5, was found guilty on the following counts:

  • Criminal sexual conduct in the second degree
  • Child sexually abusive activity
  • Using the Internet/computer to communicate with another to commit a crime
  • Possession of child sexually abusive material.

The Office of Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerard M. Jarzynka prosecuted the case.

“This case shows just how law enforcement can work together across state lines to bring offenders to justice,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. “We appreciate the work of Prosecutor Jarzynka and his staff, as well as the thorough investigation by IMPD and the Jackson County Sherriff’s Department for their work on a complex and challenging case.”