A lawyer who formerly led a Michigan young Republicans organization has pleaded guilty to sexual battery for forcing sex acts on a woman while both were at a convention last July.
The case was headed to trial, but prosecutors reached a plea agreement with Michael A. Flory during a break in jury selection Tuesday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
Flory, 32, of Jackson, Mich., faces one to five years in prison or probation at his sentencing Sept. 13. He also will become a registered sex offender. Judge Peter J. Corrigan will determine whether to classify him as a sexual predator.
When Corrigan asked if he was pleading guilty, Flory responded "sure." When pressed by the judge and prodded by his attorney, Flory then answered, "yes."
Flory's attorney, William McGinty, could not be reached for comment. His client had faced 11 charges, including eight counts of rape, kidnapping, aggravated burglary and gross sexual imposition.
Flory, who has a law office in Okemos, Mich., is the former chairman of the Michigan Federation of Young Republicans.
He was among the young Republicans, ages 18 to 40, at a convention in Cleveland. The victim, 21 at the time, was intoxicated and became ill, and Flory took her back to her hotel, said assistant county prosecutor Carol Skutnik.
"She said thank you and goodbye, and he forced his way into her hotel room and forced several sex acts on her," Skutnik said. "Afterward he was bragging about it."
The woman, also from Michigan, was satisfied that Flory accepted responsibility for the crime, Skutnik said.