2017-11-09 / Front Page

Guilty plea entered by Ruska

Co-worker of area woman kidnapped, assaulted her

MARQUETTE – A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an area woman has entered a plea of guilty in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan – Marquette.

Eric Scott Ruska, 37, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of kidnapping and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse. The felonies are punishable by up to life in prison.

The charges stem from an incident which began July 9, when Ruska allegedly lured in his victim, a co-worker, under the guise of a fishing trip on Chicago Lake in Delta County.

While on the boat, investigators say Ruska announced his intention to kidnap the victim and then traveled to locations throughout the central and eastern Upper Peninsula with the victim restrained.

On July 13, Ruska and the victim were located at the Shell Gas Station in the city of Munising. Upon observing Ruska’s vehicle Michigan State Police troopers approached and made contact with Ruska and the victim. Ruska was then taken into custody and charged in the United States District Court.

Ruska has two prior serious criminal convictions on his record – one in 2002, when he was convicted of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder; and one in 2004, when he was convicted of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree and kidnapping.

Ruska is scheduled to be sentenced in February next year.

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