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Michigan Man Linked To Child Porn Ring Gets 50-140 Years For Sex Assault On Infant Girl

March 25, 2019 - 5:13 pm
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BATTLE CREEK (WWJ/AP) - A judge has sentenced a mid-Michigan man to 50-140 years in prison after he pleaded no contest to two counts of criminal sexual assault against an infant girl.

WWMT-TV reports 32-year-old Matthew Toole of Battle Creek learned his punishment Monday after entering the plea in January. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing.

In exchange for the plea, several charges were dismissed, including child abuse and making and possessing child pornography.

Toole and his girlfriend, 33-year-old Talia Furman, were arrested last year -- both accused of assaulting a 3-month-old girl and a 3-year-old boy.

Furman, a resident of Springfield, Michigan, earlier this month pleaded no contest to a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The Battle Creek Enquirer reports she faces a minimum of 25 years to life in prison when sentenced April 29.

In a seperate case, Toole and Furman are among four charged with conspiring to kidnap and kill a child in Branch County; a plot that was never carried out. Investigators said the group was planning to abduct a young child from a public place, subdue the child and then torture and sexually assault the child to death. 

Police said they were investigating the child pornography ring when they uncovered alleged conversations about plans to commit the acts.

Trial in that case was set to start this month, but has reportedly been delayed until later this spring.