Former Lansing area dentist enters new plea on sexual assault conviction

courtesy of Mlive

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – A former Lansing area dentist who was found guilty in 2012 of sexually assaulting a young patient was sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison.

However, a series of court decisions and a new deal with prosecutors should bring his time behind bars to an end.

A jury convicted Wendell Racette of sexually assaulting a young patient at his office between 1996 and 2000 but the Appeals Court overturned that conviction in 2015 saying a parade of witnesses brought in to portray him as a bad person probably swayed the jury about his guilt.

A new trial was planned but Racette has reached a deal with prosecutors who don’t want to try the case based on testimony from something that happened 20 year ago.

In exchange for a no contest plea, Racette will be credited with the three-and-a-half-years he has already served and be given no further prison time.

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