A 22-year-old Akron man was sentenced Wednesday to up to 30 years in prison for criminal sexual assault of a minor.
Tuscola County Probate Judge Nancy Thane sentenced Tyler Jobson to up to 30 years (with a minimum of 9 years) on two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13.
Tuscola County Prosecutor Mark Reene said the charges all involve a minor and occurred over a period of about five years before being brought to the attention of the Tuscola County Child Advocacy Center.
The center, Michigan State Police, Akron Police Department, and Tuscola County Prosecutors worked together in the subsequent investigation that ultimately found Jobson had engaged in sexual assault of a relative who was a minor under the age of 13 (the minor’s name was revealed during the public court hearing, but is not being used in this story to protect the individual).
“There simply is no excuse for this behavior…,” Reene told the court Wednesday prior to Jobson’s sentencing. “The problem is (Jobson) engaged in the most selfish, incomprehensible behavior imaginable toward a member of his family.
“Someone that he should have been looking out for, he instead abused,” Reene said. “And now we see the impact and it’s not difficult to understand how extraordinary that impact is.”
Reene later said that despite being sentenced to prison for a minimum of nine years before being eligible for parole, he isn’t sure Jobson is remorseful for his actions.
During Wednesday’s sentencing, a total of nine officers from Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, and court bailiffs were on guard around the perimeter of the courtroom.
Reene said law enforcement had a higher than normal presence because threats had been made by Jobson against the victim’s family.
Thane warned those in the courtroom to behave, stating “that this is an emotional day…but I expect everyone in the courtroom to behave themselves.”
Attorney Gary Crews – representing Jobson, and arguing for a reduced sentence – said the threats sent via text after Jobson entered his no contest plea were “totally out of context from his usual character.”
Crews said Jobson “admits sending those, it was at a time he was extremely distraught. He was in the middle of the night, he was tired, he was emotional…”
Crews would go on to point out Jobson is a graduate of Akron-Fairgrove High School, where he played varsity track, football, baseball and basketball. Crews also said Jobson had taken part in the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department Explorer program and served as a volunteer in the Akron Fire Department since 2014.
When given an opportunity to address the court, Jobson said “my career is going pretty good as being a volunteer firefighter. I plan on being a full-time firefighter in the city. That was where my path was going.”
Jobson said he’s “had a lot of traumatic incidents in my family,” and added “I had a lot happen to me.”
Jobson did not mention his victim or acknowledge the charges for which he was about to be sentenced.
However, Jessica Sue Riskey did acknowledge them when given an opportunity to read a victim’s impact statement into the court record on behalf of the minor victim.
“I cannot explain to you the absolute torment and torture that our family has endured over the last year because of Mr. Jobson, not to mention the years of torture and sexual abuse that (the victim) had to endure by the hands of (the victim’s) own uncle.
“Nothing can excuse victimizing a child. I don’t know if Mr. Jobson will ever understand the magnitude of what he’s done to (the victim). He took away (the victim’s) innocence. He has taken about (the victim’s) security and (the victim’s) safety. He has destroyed (the victim’s) ability to trust other people.
“You’re the monster.”
Riskey said Jobson’s actions are going to affect the family for the rest of their lives.
She also addressed the threats made subsequent to Jobson pleading no contest to the charges. Riskey said Jobson has “taken it upon himself to threaten us and to make us fear for our safety.
“He’s indicated that his family will be after us whether he’s locked up or not and we need to be ready when he is getting out. This is a…emotional time for us as well, and we have never made threats like that to the defendant.”
Riskey also acknowledged that when taken into custody, Jobson “cried like the coward you are as you had to leave the safety of your parents, but I don’t know if it’s ever crossed your mind that you have made (the victim) feel that way countless of times.
“I don’t know if you’re worried that when you go to prison you won’t know if someone’s coming for you, but that’s how you made (the victim) feel for years,” Riskey said.
Prior to sentencing, Reene told the court that he credited the victim and the victim’s family for having “great courage” to speak up, especially in light of what they’ve been subjected to since.
“It’s our hope today with this final step…that (the victim) and his family can take some comfort in what’s being done and the degree of accountability that’s going to result from sentencing,” he said.
During sentencing, Thane, who was filling in for Tuscola County Circuit Court Judge Amy Grace Gierhart, said she had received and read four letters of support for Jobson.
Jobson was then sentenced to up to 30 years in prison for the three counts of criminal sexual conduct. The sentences are concurrent and Jobson must serve a minimum of nine years before being eligible for parole.
Andrew Dietderich is editor of The Advertiser and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org