After a three-hour sentencing hearing Friday, Teton County Circuit Court Judge James Radda sentenced former Wilsonite William “Mike” Crothers to 60 days in the Teton County Jail with 30 days suspended.
Last month, a jury found him guilty of two counts of unlawful touching and of permitting an underage house party last May. He was acquitted on one count each of sexual battery, breach of peace and unlawful contact.
Crothers’ teenage victims said his actions at the high school party caused them great distress. During the trial, one of them said Crothers told her that she was “a hot piece of ass” and that he “needed some p---y.”
Another victim on Friday said, “Mr. Crothers must learn the lesson that as a 53-year-old male he is not allowed to touch teenage girls.”
Crothers, who spoke in court for the first time, said he was sorry: “I take complete responsibility for my actions that night.”
Radda said probation alone would not be just.
“I’m not sure that you get the fact that you were the cause of that pain and embarrassment,” Radda told him. “Some of the words you used were appalling.”
Crothers was ordered to start his jail sentence at the end of May, but his lawyers said they plan to file a notice of appeal.
A more in-depth story on the sentencing will run in the April 15 Jackson Hole News&Guide.