Couple Pleads Guilty to Raping 1-Year-Old Girl, Videotaping Assault

Stevie Foehl appears for her preliminary hearing at Kent County District Court in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The preliminary was waived and will be going to circuit court. Foehl and Michael Emory are accused of raping a 1-year-old girl. She is pictured near Emory’s attorney, Damian Nunzio. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

By John Tunison | jtunison@mlive.com

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A Comstock Park couple is expected to be sentenced to a minimum 25 years in prison after both admitted to sexually assaulting a baby girl while videotaping the assault.

Michael Justin Emory, 26, and Stevie Marie Foehl, 28, are to be sentenced Feb. 19 in Kent County Circuit Court.

Both were in a Grand Rapids courtroom Wednesday, Jan. 21, to enter pleas in a case that has lingered since August 2013.

Police say the baby, less then 1-year-old, was the child of a friend of the couple.

Emory and Foehl were living in an apartment at York Creek Apartments off Alpine Avenue.

Police allege they discovered videos and photographs of child porn that included the child.

Michael Emory, right, talks with his attorney, Damian Nunzio, during his preliminary hearing at Kent County District Court in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The preliminary was waived and will be going to circuit court. Emory and Stevie Foehl are accused of raping a 1-year-old girl. (Cory Morse | MLive.com)

At points, each of the pair held the camera and recorded the other assaulting the child, police say. Emory allegedly committed at least three sexual acts with the baby.

Police found the videos and other evidence while investigating Emory for a possible assault of a teen babysitter.

Relatives of the baby were in court Tuesday to watch the plea proceedings.

Prosecutors made no plea bargains in the case.

Emory pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under 13, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

Foehl pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

The case was delayed, in part, because of psychiatric exams ordered for both Emory and Foehl.

 

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