MENOMINEE — Menominee County Prosecutor Jeffrey Rogg has obtained three prison sentences this month for one individual charged with sexual assault and two charged with drug-related offenses.

John P. Etherton, 24, Menominee was sentenced to two to five years in prison on two counts of sexual assault, one in 2015 and the other in 2018, in 41st Circuit Court in Menominee. He pleaded not guilty on Nov. 17, 2019, to both counts. An investigation was initiated when a 19-year-old victim reported the assault to the Menominee Police Department nine months after it initially occurred. 

“I discovered evidence of Etherton’s 2015 sexual assault of another vulnerable young girl while working on the 2018 case,” Rogg said in a press release from his office. “I contacted the young lady, with whom I was acquainted from unrelated court proceedings, and encouraged her to cooperate with the prosecution now. With support from her counselor, she summoned the courage to do so and I filed charges on the ‘cold case.’” 

Jessie J. Dick, 31, Menominee, was sentenced to two to six years in prison for possession of cocaine and heroin. He pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to separate counts of possession of heroin and cocaine and as a habitual offender.

“Mr. Dick has 21 prior convictions from 1999 through 2019,” Rogg said in the press release. “In addition he showed a lack of remorse for his continued criminal behavior, as demonstrated by his consistently deplorable behavior in the Menominee County Jail since his guilty pleas, including his manufacture of a ‘shank,’ which endangered the inmate population and corrections officers.”

Augusta M. Baumler, 39, Menominee, was sentenced to two to 10 years on two counts of possession of methamphetamine. Baumler pled guilty Jan. 15 to two counts of possession of methamphetamine. She was arrested at her residence in July 2019 on a search warrant and her residence was searched. Crystal methamphetamine, two drug scales and “buy money” from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team were found. She later confessed to the earlier sale of three grams of crystal methamphetamine to an informant.

“Each of these defendants has shown a lack of potential for rehabilitation and their sentences also needed to reflect the seriousness of the offenses and promote respect for the law,” Rogg said in the press release.