Former Frankfort middle school principal sentenced in multi-state child sex abuse case

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Michael Ettenberger

JACKSON COUNTY, Mich. (Nov. 7, 2014)– A former Indiana principal has been sentenced to a minimum of five years for his role in a multi-state child sexually abusive material case.

Former Frankfort middle school principal Michael Ettenberger was found guilty in September on four counts by a jury in Jackson County, Michigan, and will serve the sentence in the Michigan department of corrections. Ettenberger was charged last December for his role in soliciting child sexually abusive material online.

Also charged was Jill Miller, a former parent teacher organization (PTO) president in Clarklake, Michigan.

Ettenberger received the following sentence for each count, to be held concurrent:

  • Criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree – 5 years minimum to 15 years maximum
  • Child sexually abusive activity – 5 years minimum to 20 years maximum
  • Using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime – 5 years minimum to 20 years max
  • Possession of child sexually abusive material – 1 year minimum to 4 years maximum

“This case shows just how law enforcement can work together across state lines to bring offenders to justice,” Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said at the time of Ettenberger’s conviction. “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.”

Jill Miller pleaded guilty to three felonies: criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree, child sexually abusive activity, and using the Internet/computer to communicate with another to commit a crime. She was sentenced in January 2014 to all three counts and is currently serving 6 – 20 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections.