Traverse City Record-Eagle

December 12, 2012

Long prison term for man who molested boy

By Glenn Puit

— TRAVERSE CITY - A man accused of molesting an 8-year-old boy in October pleaded guilty and will spend at least 25 years in prison.

Brandon James Smith, 26, on Tuesday pleaded guilty in 13th Circuit Court to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Authorities said on Oct. 25, Smith trailed the child into an apartment building near the Grand Traverse County Civic Center and fondled the boy.

This is Smith’s second sex-related crime against a child. He was convicted in 2008 of groping a teenage girl in Garfield Township.