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Man who committed bigamy now faces sex assault charge in Bay County

BAY CITY, MI — A 33-year-old man who made headlines a couple of years ago for engaging in bigamy — what a judge called “about the dumbest thing” he’d seen — is now accused of sexually assaulting a relative.

According to police, Steven J. Inskeep engaged in “unwanted sexual contact” with a teenage girl on Aug. 1. Police say the incident happened within Inskeep’s home in Bay City’s South End.

Police began investigating after receiving a referral from Child Protective Services.

Authorities issued a warrant for Inskeep on Sept. 25. On Monday, Oct. 8, Inskeep was in police custody and appeared in Bay County District Court for arraignment on one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charge is limited to touching and is punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment.

The arraigning judge set Inskeep’s bond at $30,000 cash-surety. Jail records indicate he has since posted bond.

Man accused of bigamy takes plea, false wife heading to trial

Inskeep in December 2015 falsely married Sarah J. LaBarge, with both thereby committing perjury as they were married to other people at the time and lied on a marriage license. The matter came to light in January 2016, when a Bay County Friend of the Court employee contacted a Bay County Sheriff’s deputy regarding a bigamy complaint.

Inskeep and LaBarge indicated on the license that neither of them had previously been married, let alone were still married to others. The license said the marriage occurred at 317 Grove St. in Kawkawlin, which the investigating deputy determined did not exist. Likewise, the pastor listed on the license was also fictitious.

The deputy interviewed the couple. Inskeep told him he was under the influence of alcohol when the marriage occurred and that he was trying to get the matter annulled. He said he acquired the license from the Bay County Clerk’s Office, had it notarized at a bank, and filled it out himself on a dare from LaBarge.

Inskeep and LaBarge ended up pleading no contest and guilty, respectively, to attempted perjury. They received probationary sentences.

“It’s about the dumbest thing I’ve seen in my professional career,” Bay County Circuit Judge Harry P. Gill told Inskeep at his sentencing.

“Your Honor, at the time of the incident, we were under the influence of alcohol,” Inskeep told the judge. “I do have mental illness. I’ve been through a lot in terms of my mental stability.”

Inskeep is prohibited from having contact with the alleged victim in his new case. He is to appear for a preliminary examination on Oct. 24.

ViaMichigan-River

Author Since: Sep 20, 2018