Former Frankfort principal sentenced in child sex abuse case

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) –  A former Frankfort middle school principal was sentenced to a minimum of five years for his role in a multi-state child sex abuse case.

Michael 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.

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.

Ettenberger was found guilty by a Michigan jury on four sex-related counts back in September.

Officials said Ettenberger received the following sentence for each count, to be held concurrent:

  • Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree – 5 years minimum to 15 years maximum
  • Child Sexually Abusive Activity – 5 years minimum to 20 years maximum
  • Using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime – 5 years minimum to 20 years max
  • Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material – 1 year minimum to 4 years maximum

Officials said Michigan’s system sets sentencing years at a range. Ettenberger will serve the sentence in the Michigan Department of Corrections.

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.

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