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February 4, 2014

Elzer gets lengthy prison sentence

TRAVERSE CITY — A Traverse City man convicted of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

Thirteenth Circuit Court Judge Thomas Power on Monday handed down the lengthy sentence to Nathon James Elzer, 32, after his conviction on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Elzer’s sentence is five years longer than the 25-year mandatory minimum the first-degree sex crime charge carries.

A Grand Traverse County sheriff’s department investigation began on Aug. 12 when accusations arose about Elzer’s sexual abuse. The case eventually led to a difficult trial that included graphic testimony from the child victim and three other witnesses, all adults, who recounted sexual abuse they suffered from Elzer when they were children.

Authorities weighed additional charges against Elzer, but no longer after Power set the lengthy sentence.

“Based on the length of the sentence, we won’t be seeking additional charges,” said Grand Traverse County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Noelle Moeggenberg.

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