TAWAS CITY – Iosco County’s 23rd Circuit Court handed down its first sentencing in a case where five men, ranging in age from 21 to 60 years old, allegedly gang raped a 17-year-old woman over the period of several hours last year.
Timothy Joseph Monschau, 60, Turner was sentenced to time served for 213 days in the Iosco County jail after pleading no contest to 4th-degree criminal sexual conduct. A charge of 1st-degree (CSC) was dismissed.
Under his sentencing he must pay assessments of $1,508, and must register as a sex offender under the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act, and must submit to HIV testing and complete counseling. Monschau is the first sentencing in the case where five Iosco County men allegedly raped an unnamed woman. Several sentencings and a jury trial, are scheduled later this month and in April in the case.
Hale resident Brian Scott Thayer, 39, will have a jury trial for his charges, which include 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct a charge of committing a gross indecency between a male and female, and furnishing a minor with alcohol. Court officials said his trial is slated for April 4 and is expected to last four days.
Gary Eugene Harrington, 21, Tawas City is expected to be sentenced March 25 under a plea agreement. His original charges included four counts of 1st-degree CSC and a charge of committing a gross indecency between a male and female.
Samuel Henry Walmsley, 60, Oscoda, is scheduled for an April 1 sentencing after a plea agreement. His original charges included 1st-degree CSC, a charge of child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and a charge of committing a gross indecency between a male and female.
Michael Scott Barnes, 53, Whittemore, is expected to be sentenced April 8 under a plea agreement. He originally faced three 1st-degree CSC, a charge of child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime and a charge of committing a gross indecency between a male and female.
With the exception of Thayer, who will have a trial, all the suspects are expected to get reduced sentenced after their plea agreements, with modified charges and some dropped charges, according to court officials.
According to the Michigan State Police, said the incident occurred at Barnes’ Whittemore home on April 4, 2018.
According to a report, the victim was allegedly plied with Captain Morgan rum and was blacked out at the time of the incidents, 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.
The phone was seized for evidence in the investigation, and Walmsley alleged admitted to troopers he used the phone to record the incident.
Troopers say the video alleged showed Thayer, Walmsley and Barnes allegedly committing sex acts on the victim. Thayer could allegedly be heard in the video encouraging the others to perform the sex acts on the victim.
According to troopers there were allegedly 126 photos taken of the victim spanning nearly two hours and that pictures also showed Harrington committing sexual acts on the victim.
Police say the same day Walmsley sent four text messages, with photos of the alleged victim, to Barnes’ cell phone.
During an interview by police, Walmsley alleged admitted to the acts, he told police that Thayer allegedly brought the alcohol to Barnes’ home and the sex acts all took place in the same room with all the men. Police say cell phone images and recordings allegedly confirm this.
Barnes in an interview allegedly admitted to the acts and admitted that he allegedly took photos with his cell phone. Monschau, who participated in the acts, as well as Walmsley, Barnes and Thayer, can all allegedly be heard encouraging each other throughout the videos, troopers say.