MARQUETTE. Mich. (WZMQ) – A former emergency dispatcher in Marquette County will spend up to 50 years in prison for multiple criminal sexual conduct charges involving a child under 13 years old.
Brian Keith McEachern, 54, was found guilty of first degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC involving a person under age 13), and third and fourth degrees CSC. A jury convicted him on May 11. The charges stem from an investigation into off-duty misconduct in spring of 2021.
25th Circuit Court Judge Hon. Jennifer A. Mazzuchi sentenced McEachern to 25 to 50 years for CSC 1st degree, six to 15 years for CSC 3rd degree, and 49 days served for CSC 4th degree.
“The defendant abused his position of authority and status in the community to take advantage of vulnerable individuals, including a child,” said Marquette County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Jenna Nelson, who prosecuted McEachern. “The defendant gained the trust of his victims and their families and then exploited that trust by preying on the victims at their weakest moments. The trauma that has been inflicted on the victims and their families by the defendant is immeasurable and we hope that the conviction and sentence can start the healing process. We would not have been able to achieve this result without the victims coming forward and trusting us to see that the defendant was held accountable.”
McEachern will not be eligible for parole until May 11, 2048. He is also required to register as a sex offender and will be subject to lifetime electronic monitoring.