Former Army Recruiter Faces Sentencing CSC

November 11, 2019

By Pat Maurer

Former Army recruiter Keith Clark McKern, 44 of Union Township in Isabella County, is facing sentencing for sexually assaulting two minors that he lived with over a period that began in 2016 while he was a recruiter in Mt. Pleasant and ended with his arrest last February..

He pled no contest to eight counts of criminal sexual conduct, two in the first degree, involving a minor under 13 years old on October 24th. As part of the plea agreement he will receive no more than the minimum of 25 years in prison on each of the first degree charges and stipulated that the other six CSC sentences would run concurrently.

Reportedly his attorney said McKern wanted to plead no contest because he may face charges from the U.S. Army on the CSC charges.

He also faces charges court for an attempted escape from the Isabella County Jail in May while he was awaiting court action on the CSC charges.

According to previous information from Sheriff Michael Main, McKern planned the escape with the help of a trustee by using a rope ladder to escape through a skylight.

When corrections officers noticed “papers and notes” passed between McKern and the trustee, a search of both men’s cells uncovered evidence of plans for a “late night” escape.

McKern, when questioned, claimed it wasn’t a serious plan, but a way to pass the time using his Army training to plan an escape if he was ever a prisoner of war.

McKern will be sentenced by Isabella County Trial Court Judge Mark Duthie on December 3rd.

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