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Vandalia teen gets 4 to 15 years

Published 3:14pm Friday, March 9, 2012

CASSOPOLIS — A Vandalia teenager, who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl, is headed to prison.

Pierce Lanway, 18, was sentenced Friday in Cass County Circuit Court to four to 15 years in prison on a criminal sexual conduct third degree conviction. It was part of a plea agreement that dismissed a first degree CSC charge that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Lanway is accused of forcing the girl into vaginal and oral sex in October of last year. It is believed that Lanway was under the influence of alcohol at the time.
Prosecutor Victor Fitz said the assault will likely affect the victim and his family for the rest of their lives. Fitz said the girl has suffered from sleepless nights and has had a hard time concentrating at school since the incident.

“It’s been devastating on the mother and father,” Fitz added. “It will be imprinted on their mind forever.”

For his part, Lanway expressed his remorse.
“I’m very sorry for the mistake I’ve made,” he said. “I’m going to do everything in my will power to never make that mistake again.”
Lanway must register as a sex offender.

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  • saddened

    This saddens me because so many times teens do things that will affect them for the rest of their lives, all in the name of a night of fun. So many details were left out of this night, including the fact that age was never thought to be an issue when everyone was drinking and having a good time. “adult supervised” Many times only when these girls are “caught” by their parents do they ever have any type of remorse. If we look around in soceity many girls are portraying themselves much older then they are. Have you you looked at your child’s Facebook/MySpace page lately? You might be shocked….or maybe a trip to the mall, just look at these kids! I don’t condone these sexual activities but I don’t believe that an 18 year old boy needs to be in prison :( Seems as though our system doesn’t even want to have to find someone guilty when you can scare them into a plea and throw them in prison…..I don’t get it…..

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