BRANCH COUNTY - For a second time in his life Clarence Brouse will serve prison time for sexual misconduct with a young child.
Brouse, 67, of Coldwater, pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which occurred in 2012.
Circuit Judge Bill O'Grady sent him to prison to serve concurrent terms of 14 months to 15 years. Brouse received credit for 213 days already served.
Prosecutor Zack Stempien said this is his second CSC conviction.
"The first offense that occurred back in the 90s was very similar to the offenses here."
"His defense was basically: I accidentally touched the child in a sexual manner. In front of the court is an individual that just can't seem to keep his hands himself. He doesn't understand that children shouldn't be touched," Stempien said.
The girl reported to Child Protective Services last fall Brouse had touched her in a tent while camping. She was 14 years old at the time. When she objected, he offered her money.
The second case also involved another girl in 2012. She said Brouse pulled her against him while swimming in 2012 while she was 8 years old. The girl's mother was not sure what had happened but said the child had suffered from emotional issues over those 10 years.
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Brouse declined to comment at sentencing. In return for pleas to both charges, Stempien dismissed habitual offender designations.
Brouse is a registered sexual offender. When released, he will be on lifetime GSP monitoring as a child predator.
This article originally appeared on Coldwater Daily Reporter: Repeat sex offender Clarence Brouse sent to prison for molesting girls