Instead of starting his first year in college, a former high school class president is in prison this fall. He allegedly forced several teenage girls to have sex.
In a matter of months, 18-year-old Daniel Granger went from class president to jailhouse convict, reports CBS News Correspondent Drew Levinson.
"Your honor, my actions were wrong, wrong, wrong," the former student told the judge at his sentencing. "My actions were wrong because I as well as these young ladies engaged in an act that took a part of ourselves that we can never get back."
Instead of risking a trial and a possible 15-year prison sentence for raping the three freshman girls, Granger and three classmates plea bargained to conspiracy to contribute to the delinquency of a minor.
Granger was sentenced to less than five months. The judge said Granger would be required to perform community service afterwards.
In court Wednesday, the girls and their families got a chance to confront one of the young men they say ruined their lives.
"You know what you did to me? You ruined my whole life," one of the victims said. "I can't go outside without getting furious."
"The only way I can sleep at night is to hope for your castration," another victim said.
The incident happened at his home in Gross Pointe Woods, a town that lies on the shores of Lake St. Clair, an old-money village where, one reporter wrote, Fords and Dodges are families, not cars. In court Wednesday, names meant nothing.
The judge addressed the courtroom: "One of the bedrock questions that runs through my mind in this case is, where were the parents?"
For Granger, the case is over. Still, he and his victims say what happened that night in Gross Pointe Woods will live with them forever.