Tuolumne County District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke announced today that on October 29, 2021, Sonora resident Michael Ludwig was sentenced to 9 years and 8 months in State Prison
On April 26, 2019, Mr. Ludwig was convicted by a jury of felony assault for an incident that occurred on January 24, 2019 when Mr. Ludwig approached a ten year old girl and asked to “touch her privates” and began to reach towards her in the Save Mart parking lot. At the time of the incident, Mr. Ludwig was already required to register as a sex offender from a prior misdemeanor sex offense. At his sentencing for that crime on June 10, 2019, District Attorney Cassandra Jenecke requested the court sentence Mr. Ludwig to 7 years in State Prison. Judge Kevin Seibert sentenced the defendant to one year of county jail and a term of felony probation.
On January 7, 2021, a probation search of Mr. Ludwig’s residence revealed he was in possession of child sex abuse material, otherwise known as child porn, at which time Mr. Ludwig told officers he had a weakness for young girls.
On August 20, 2021, Mr. Ludwig pled guilty to being in possession of child sex abuse material as well as violating the conditions of his probation. The terms of Mr. Ludwig’s plea included that he would serve a stipulated term of 9 years and 8 months in State Prison.