A Marquette Heights man was sentenced Monday to 17 years in prison for forcing sex on a minor girl over nearly four years.


Scott Gerhold, 39, will be required to serve at least 12 years of the combined terms he received when he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual assault and one each of criminal sexual abuse and indecent solicitation of a child.


He could remain incarcerated for an indefinite period after his sentence expires.

Gerhold was ordered to undergo assessment to determine if he should be deemed a sexually violent or dangerous person. Defendants with that designation are assigned to treatment at a state prison mental institution until they are considered no longer a significant risk to the public.


Gerhold was arrested March 24 after his victim told police he began having sex with her when she was about 13. He said he committed only one act with her about two years ago, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.


He was given credit for the 59 days he spent in custody on $200,000 bond after his arrest.

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