2 sentenced to prison in sex abuse conspiracy ring
Two Michigan residents were sentenced Monday to prison in connection with a sex abuse conspiracy ring, the state Attorney General's Office said.
Talia Renee Furman, 33, of Battle Creek and David Lee Bailey, 37, of Kalamazoo both were ordered to serve 25-50 years in prison for conspiracy to commit first degree criminal sexual conduct.
Branch County Circuit Court Judge P. William O’Grady also sentenced Furman to 11-50 years for conspiracy to commit kidnapping. Bailey was sentenced to 5.5-50 years for the same charge, authorities said.
They both pleaded guilty in June in connection with the case, which stemmed from a 2018 complaint to the Michigan State Police.
A witness alleged Furman and 33-year-old Matthew Toole of Battle Creek had child sexually abusive material on their phones and planned to abuse and murder a young girl, investigators said. An investigation by MSP and the Attorney General’s Office found several messages were exchanged detailing those plans.
"Evidence retrieved from Bailey’s home revealed he and his girlfriend, Jayme LaPoint, had engaged in these conspiracies with Toole and Furman," the Attorney General's Office said in a statement Monday. "The four met for pizza at Bailey’s home and laid out the plot to kidnap a child from the county fair and rape and then murder that child."
A trial for Toole starts Oct. 22. LaPoint, who pleaded guilty in the case last month, is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 23, according to the release.
As part of their sentencing, Furman and Bailey are required to register as sex offenders and have lifetime global monitoring, officials said.
“This sentencing makes it clear that when it comes to the safety and welfare of our children and residents, my office will stop at nothing to hold dangerous individuals accountable,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “I appreciate the court’s decision and commitment to ensuring justice in this case was served.”
Toole has also been sentenced to two consecutive sentences of 25-70 years after pleading no contest to two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.