TAWAS CITY – Brian Scott Thayer, 40, will spend 12 to 30 in prison after Iosco County’s 23rd Circuit Court Judge David C. Riffel handed down a sentence during a hearing held June 3.
Thayer, a Hale resident, was one of five men involved in a brutal gang rape case where a 17-year-old woman was raped, sexually assaulted and filmed over the period of several hours last year. Thayer was the last to receive a sentence in the case, and the only to opt for a jury trial. The others involved struck plea deals for their involvement.
Thayer, in April, was found guilty by a jury on two counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) and a count of child sexually abusive activity. Under his sentence he must comply with a lifetime GPS monitoring on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. For those three charges he was sentenced to 12-30 years in prison, to be served concurrently, less credit for 331 days served in jail. Under the sentencing guidelines he must serve a minimum of 12 years in prison. His earliest release date is June 6, 2030.
The jury also found him guilty of a count of furnishing a cereal beverage to a minor, Captain Morgan rum, and was sentenced to 90 days in jail on the misdemeanor charge.
Others who were involved and sentenced include Samuel Henry Walmsley, 60, Oscoda and Michael Martin Barnes, 54.
Walmsley pleaded guilty to child abuse sexual activity, child abuse sexual activity-distributing or promoting material and child sexually abusive material. He was sentenced with three concurrent sentences, with the longest being 118 months (his minimum amount of time in jail before being eligible for parole) to 30 years in prison, less credit for 297 days in jail.
Barnes pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse sexual activity and a count of sexually abusive material. Dismissed where three 1st-degree CSC charges, as well as a charge of using a computer to commit a crime. He was sentenced to three concurrent sentences, with the longest being 118 months (his minimum amount of time in jail before being eligible for parole) to 30 years in prison, less credit for 297 days in jail.
Also involved and sentenced was Timothy Joseph Monschau, 60, of Turner, who was sentenced to time served for 213 days in the Iosco County jail after pleading no contest to 4th-degree CSC. A charge of 1st-degree CSC was dismissed.
Lastly, Gary Eugene Harrington, 21, was sentenced to 12 months in jail, less credit for 289 days served, with 77 days to be served, on the charge of 3rd-degree CSC.
According to the Michigan State Police, the incident occurred at Barnes’ Whittemore home on April 4, 2018.
According to a report, the victim was plied with Captain Morgan rum and was blacked out at the time of the rapes, which were recorded on a cell phone camera. She told troopers that she could not recall any of the details that occurred that day, but was shown pictures from Walmsley’s cell phone.