JACKSON, MI - Rowland James didn't ask the court for forgiveness when he admitted to becoming the monster he knew he was at his sentencing.
"I have no excuse for what I've done," James said April 19 in Jackson County Circuit Court. "Look at my record. I'm worried about what will happen to victims of my actions and can happen (if I'm free)."
Circuit Court Judge John McBain sentenced James, 48, to 35 to 60 years in prison as a habitual offender. He was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim younger than 13.
"You are a serial sexual predator and we need to protect you from your own urges," McBain said, as he handed down his sentence.
The grandmother of James' 11-year-old victim addressed the court and read a letter from the boy's older sister, describing how James ruined him, giving him nightmares every night.
James accepted a plea deal March 3 and confessed that on or about Nov. 26, 2016, in a home in Jackson, he performed oral sex on an 11-year-old boy and also admitted that this was not his first conviction for criminal sexual conduct.
James, an admitted victim of sexual abuse as a child, said he had been struggling with his urges and was in sex counseling prior to and after this latest incident, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kelsey McKinnie said.
"All of his victims are juveniles," McKinnie said. "He said (in counseling) he cannot trust himself to be free. He will, at all costs, satisfy his thoughts and he cannot talk himself out of his actions."
According to Ingham County court records, James pleaded guilty to one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in 1997 and was placed on probation.
In 2001, Ingham County court records show he also pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison.
James originally was charged with one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and capturing or distributing an image of an unclothed person, according to court records.
In accepting the plea deal, the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office agreed to drop the capturing or distributing an image of an unclothed person.
James will be 82 by the time he is eligible for parole. He was credited with 119 days served.
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