Former Frankfort principal found guilty in child sex abuse case

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JACKSON, Mich. (WISH) – A former Frankfort middle school principal was found guilty in a child sex abuse case on Thursday.

According to officials, Michael Ettenberger was found guilty by a Michigan jury on all four counts for his role in this multi-state case.

Ettenberger was charged, along with former PTO President Jill Miller, of Clarklake, Michigan, for participating in online solicitation of child sexually abusive material in December of 2013.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry and Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney Jerard M. Jarzynka worked together to charge the two involved.

Ettenberger was the principal at Frankfort Middle School when the felony charges came out against him out of Jackson, Michigan. He resigned from the school system in June 2013.

At the time, the superintendent said detectives told him Ettenberger’s home computer was connected with an internet porn case, but there wasn’t anything on his school-issued electronic devices.

On Thursday, Ettenberger was found guilty on the following four counts:

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct (as an aider and abettor to co-defendant Jill Miller)
  • Child Sexually Abusive Activity (as an aider and abettor to co-defendant Jill Miller)
  • Using the Internet/Computer to Communicate with Another to Commit a Crime
  • Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material

Miller pleaded guilty to Criminal Sexual Conduct, Child Sexually Abusive Activity and Using the Internet/Computer to Communicate with Another to Commit a Crime. She was sentenced to six to 20 years in the Michigan Department of Corrections in January 2014.

“This case shows just how law enforcement can work together across state lines to bring offenders to justice,” said Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. “We appreciate the work of Prosecutor Jarzynka and his staff, as well as the thorough investigation by IMPD and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department for their work on a complex and challenging case.”

Ettenberger will be sentenced on November 5.

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