DETROIT — A 22-year-old Allen Park man was sentenced Tuesday to up to 20 years in prison on charges involving sexual misconduct with an 11-year-old boy.
Ricardo West, known Downriver as a Michael Jackson impersonator, had pleaded guilty Sept. 15 to one count of child sexually abusive activity and one count of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree.
He was sentenced Tuesday in Wayne County Circuit Court by Judge David Allen. He faces 13 to 20 years in prison and another 10 to 15 years on the two charges. The terms will be served concurrently.
Keith Clark, a Wayne County assistant prosecutor, said West also will have to register as a sex offender upon his release and be subjected to lifetime electronic monitoring.
West had been charged with 12 counts including criminal sexual conduct in the first degree. All but the two were dismissed.
The mother of the victim and West each spoke during the hearing.
West is accused of sending sexually explicit and graphic e-mails and text messages, including nude pictures of male body parts, to the boy. Also, during rehearsal of a stage production he was working on, he admitted to police to sexually assaulting the boy in a City Hall bathroom.
West was arrested April 14. He appeared at a preliminary examination of the evidence against him Aug. 16 before 24th District Judge Richard Page.
Clark and West’s attorney, Nader Nassif, called police Detective Jeff Miller, the detective in charge of the case, to the stand to testify.
During his testimony, Miller said police found a list titled “Remarketing Plan” in West’s bedroom. There were 11 items on the list, including “be seen with adults in public,” “stop obsessively texting,” “cut off ties to ‘MJ’ (Michael Jackson) in public” and “stop talking to kids in public.”
In August 2009, The News-Herald Newspapers featured West in a story previewing “Michael Lives! The Michael Jackson Tribute Concert,” in which West was impersonating the late singer at the Allen Park Civic Auditorium at City Hall. Police said about 600 people attended.
West also volunteered with a youth theater group and worked for the contract-based bus service Trinity Transportation as a bus aide for autistic children.
In addition, he owns SGI Productions out of his home, which planned to host a “Motown’s Still Got It” talent competition. Police said West was using the competition to lure young people.
West was being held without bond in the Wayne County Jail.
The Michigan Department of Corrections will transfer him to a prison facility.
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