Morikawa sentenced to prison time served
By EVAN REID
CRYSTAL FALLS – A former Michigan State Police trooper who accepted a plea deal after winning an appeal last year on his 2011 criminal sexual conduct conviction was sentenced to prison time already served.
David Morikawa, 40, had been scheduled for a retrial prior to accepting the plea agreement in April.
The Michigan Court of Appeals granted him the retrial after it determined that he had ineffective assistance of counsel during his original trial.
Morikawa, who now lives in South Dakota, appeared in Iron County Trial Court Tuesday via Skype and was sentenced to time already served.
Morikawa had completed his original sentence of one year and eight months in prison when the court of appeals granted him the retrial.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Morikawa pleaded no contest to a new felony count of attempted second degree child abuse. The two original felony counts of criminal sexual conduct-second degree were dismissed.
The agreement stipulates that Morikawa will no longer have to register as a sex offender and will not be subject to any further incarceration, probation, or fines.
Special prosecutor Lauryl Scott of the Michigan Attorney General’s office informed the court that the resolution of the case had received input from the victim.
Judge C. Joseph Schwedler condemned Morikawa’s actions, which he referred to as “a black eye on law enforcement.”
In the original trial, Morikawa had been found guilty of inappropriately touching a 12-year-old girl at his home in Crystal Falls.
He was employed at the now-closed Michigan State Police post in Iron River at the time of the offense.
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