Parole Board Delays Parole of 16-Count Sex Offender After Prosecutor Says Self-Help Therapy Not Enough
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August 29, 2018
Parole Board delays parole of 16-count sex offender after prosecutor says self-help therapy not enough
MOUNT CLEMENS, MI — The Michigan Parole Board reversed a scheduled June 21, 2018 parole release of a convicted 16-count sex offender, after receiving a request from Macomb County Prosecutor Eric J. Smith.
In 2007, Mr. Schorsch pled no contest to 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct, including multiple counts with victims under age 13. The crimes occurred from 1998 – 2007 involving three child victims: his two step-daughters and their friend. The crimes included oral, rectal and vaginal sexual assaults on the young girls. Schorsch asked one victim, “Do you want to keep a secret?” He frequently called them into his bedroom, “to talk.” During one child rape, Schorch complained his victim had, “not done it right,” and, “had an attitude,” with him. He threatened one of the victims that if she told anybody, they would take her away and put her in the system, and her mother would probably end up in jail for letting it happen. Schorsch was concurrently sentenced on all counts, resulting in a minimum of 134 months and maximum of 204 months, with 122 jail credit days.
Smith contacted the Parole Board after reviewing the prisoner’s file to learn Schorsch ultimately did not complete formal Sex Offender Programming, as it was waived by the Michigan Department of Corrections. It appears Schorsch did utilize self-help materials. Before reversing the parole decision, the Parole Board set a parole condition requiring sex offender therapy, “when referred,” by the parole agent.
“I thank Chairperson Michael Eagen and the Parole Board for reviewing this case,” said Smith. “We need assurance this felon will not be a menace to society when paroled. Self-help sex offender therapy is not enough for a person convicted of 16 Criminal Sexual Conduct crimes.”
After reviewing Smith’s letter, the Parole Board on August 13 decided it, “lacks reasonable assurance the prisoner will not become a menace to society” and denied parole. The Parole Board said 16-count sex offender Schorsch “would benefit from” sex offender therapy. Schorsch’s case will be reviewed again mid-2019.