November 5, 2019
Devon Mahieu
Up North Live

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A former northern Michigan pastor charged with several sex crimes will spend at least the next decade in prison.
On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Christopher Cox to 10 to 15 years behind bars for one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
In addition to his time behind bars, Cox must also register as a sex offender.
"I hope that today can provide some justice and measure of closure for some of the victims in this case, they certainly had to endure a lot," Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Charles Hamlyn said. "They were preyed upon by Mr. Cox."
In June, Cox was charged with nine different counts, including:
• Three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct
• two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct
• two counts of possession of child pornography
• one count of delivery of methamphetamine
• habitual offender-second
The investigation into Cox started in March 2019 when a 19-year-old man reported that Cox had drugged him before sexually assaulting him at his business office in Garfield Township.
Cox was a pastor at Long Lake Church in Traverse City at the time.
Records said the victim told investigators Cox provided him with meth, but Cox allegedly also gave him GHB, which is considered the common "date rape" drug.
Evidence supporting the man's claims was found when he went to Munson Medical Center for examination, said police.
Police said a 26-year-old man also reported nearly identical allegations as the first victim but added that he was threatened by Cox not to report the event at the time it occurred.
The charges of child pornography were filed against Cox after investigators found child sexually abusive pictures on his computer.

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