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Houghton Lake man faces at least two decades in prison for child sex crimes

Michael Clune sentenced in two of three counties where he sexually assaulted young boys
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Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:56 AM EDT
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ROSCOMMON COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - A Houghton Lake man who sexually assaulted young boys will spend at least two decades in prison for crimes committed in Roscommon County.

A judge sentenced Michael Clune on Tuesday to spend up to 25 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime. Clune will serve that sentence at the same time as his prison term for a Shiawassee County child sex case.

More child sex charges against Clune are pending in Clare County.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Clune communicated with a 12-year-old on the internet and convinced him to meet. Clune picked up the boy, brought him to a hotel in Shiawassee County and engaged in inappropriate sexual activity with him.

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Division found a sexually abusive video on Clune’s phone of the boy. They were able to identify the boy and the hotel where the assault took place, leading to the charges.

Clune pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child younger than 13 and aggravated child sexually abusive activity in Shiawassee County Circuit Court as a result of that case. He was sentenced in April to spend 25 to 40 years behind bars.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office says Clune admitted to communicating online from his home in Houghton Lake with multiple boys age 15 or younger and enticing them to send him sexually explicit photos.

Clune pleaded guilty in a Roscommon County courtroom to one count of child sexually abusive activity and one count of using a computer to communicate with another person for the purpose of child sexually abusive activity. He was sentenced on those charges this week.

The Clare County charges include third-degree criminal sexual conduct, sodomy, accosting a minor for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime. If convicted, he would serve that sentence a the same time as his Roscommon and Shiawassee counties sentences.

“This prison sentence for Mr. Clune is the result of collaborative work between several law enforcement agencies to ensure justice is served,” Nessel said. “My office remains committed to protecting children by pursuing accountability against those who commit criminal sexual conduct.”

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