A Howell man was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years in prison for sexually assaulting four young girls, the youngest under 7 years old.
One of the victims called Christopher Schroeder "horrible" and "vile" during her victim impact statement prior to sentencing last week.
"Every time you have half of a decent moment where you begin to smile, may it be snatched away for the pain you caused others," the mother of one victim said.
Schroeder, 37, was awaiting trial on rape charges filed in 2018 when he was charged last year with seven more counts of criminal sexual assault involving three girls younger than 16.
He pleaded guilty in July to six counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of first-degree child abuse as part of a plea agreement with the Livingston County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the remaining charges, according to court records.
"I can't say anything to fix this. On behalf of my client, I will start with the strength of these women and what they had to say. It was touching, moving and hard to hear," Terry Olson, Schroeder's attorney, said. "My client does have actual remorse in this case. He's expressed that to me."
Olson said Schroeder was sexually abused as a child and did not seek help.
Livingston County Chief Circuit Judge Michael Hatty sentenced Schroeder to a minimum of 16 years and up to 50 years in prison.
Schroeder apologized to the victims and their families prior to Hatty issuing his sentence.
"I'm sorry for everything that may have happened over the years. I am sorry for being an outraged alcoholic," he said.
Court records show Schroeder is currently serving a prison term for domestic violence and interfering with electronic communications.
Schroeder is subject to lifetime electronic monitoring and will be required to register as a sex offender.Contact Kayla Daugherty at 517-552-2848 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter @KayDaugherty92.