A 58-year-old Crandon man will spend two years in prison after pleading guilty to amended charges in a child sexual assault case. By agreeing to a plea deal, James Branam Jr. waived his right to a jury trial.
According to online court records, the alleged criminal charges of 1st degree sexual assault of a child, child enticement, and repeated sexual assault of the same child were amended to two counts of disorderly conduct, and obstructing an officer, respectively. Branam also pleaded guilty to bail jumping.
As part of the plea deal, Branam will not have to register as a sex offender. A condition which the state objected.
Branam was initially arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a 12-year-old at a transitional living facility in October 2013. Court documents state an investigation began Jan. 23, 2014 after the father of the alleged victim read about the incidents in the girl's diary.
During an interview with police Branam said he was aware the girl had a crush on him, but all the incidents were non-sexual.
Branam will also spend three years on extended supervision. He'll receive credit for 189 days already spend in jail.
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