Alex Constantine - September 20, 2007
CLEVELAND (AP) — A lawyer who formerly led a Michigan Young Republicans organization was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison on a guilty plea to sexual battery stemming from allegations that he forced sex acts on a woman while both were at a convention last year.
Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Peter J. Corrigan sentenced Michael A. Flory, 33, of Jackson, Mich. Flory, dressed in a jacket, white tie and dark blue button-down shirt, was led from the courtroom in handcuffs.
Other charges, including rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and gross sexual imposition, were dismissed when he pleaded guilty July 24.
Attorney Admits Sexual Battery Of GOP Delegate
25 of July, 2007
JACKSON, MICH—A Michigan attorney who specialized in elder law advocacy and is the state chairman of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans has admitted that he sexually abused a delegate and colleague at a convention of the National Federal of Young Republicans last July in Cleveland.
Michael Flory, 32, pleaded guilty to sexual battery in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on the opening day of his rape trial. He faces up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine when he’s sentenced on Sept. 13. In that he is also a licensed insurance broker, he will likely face revocation of both his law and insurance licenses.
He had been indicated for rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary, gross sexual imposition and witness intimidation.
Prosecutors said that Flory escorted an intoxicated 21-year old fellow delegate to her hotel room after an evening of partying. According to police, Flory attacked the woman, who also resided in Michigan, when she was on the verge of passing out. Prosecutors said that Flory attempted to stop the woman from proceeding with a complaint against him.
The victim, now 22, was present in the courtroom to hear Flory plead guilty before Judge Peter Corrigan.