Battle Creek, October 5, 2005 -- A man from Battle Creek has been sentenced for hiring a girl out for sex with other men.
Police say the 12-year-old girl came to the man's home in December looking for shelter after running away from home. Police say the girl knew the man and his wife, and that she had been to their home several times.
Investigators don't believe the girl was physically restrained by the couple. Instead, they used drugs and alcohol to get the girl to have sex with the men, and charged the men money.
Milo Burton, the ringleader of the crime according to prosecutors, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and child and forcing her into prostitution. He was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.Burton's wife, Julia, pleaded no contest to a criminal sexual conduct charge.