On Thursday, September 25, 42-year-old Thomas P. Skulley was arraigned on charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl who is his relative in Saginaw County in 2007. Skulley pleaded not guilty to a single charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a relative. He posted a 10 percent of $35,000 bond ordered by Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson. promise-1207125-m

The arrest warrant alleges that Skulley sexually assaulted a female relative in January of 2007, and that the girl was between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time of the assault. First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious of all sex crimes, and punished by a maximum term of life in prison.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled before District Judge Kyle Higgs Tarrant for October 6.

Under Michigan Penal Code 750-520b, first-degree CSC involves sexual penetration, along with other specific conditions. In this case, the defendant allegedly committed sexual penetration with a victim who is between 13 and 16 and a relative (blood or affinity to 4th degree). Depending on the facts of the case, the defendant’s attorney may advise Skulley to go forward to trial, or try to work a plea deal with prosecutors. In many cases, a defendant may plead no contest or guilty to lesser charges, which typically results in less severe criminal penalties.

In cases involving minors who are relatives, it is often difficult to determine if the allegations are true. Children or teens may be coerced or persuaded by other adults to make up stories that are not true, sometimes out of spite or revenge. If the evidence presented at trial is weak or non-existent, it can be difficult to find a defendant guilty based on testimony alone.

Regardless of the situation, anyone who is accused of sexual assault must consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. Your defense lawyer will investigate and examine your case to determine the best way to proceed, so that positive results may be reached. Without a qualified attorney on your side, charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct could leave you facing a lifetime behind bars.

On September 17, it was reported by MyFoxDetroit.com that a former junior varsity football coach at Warren Lincoln High School was under investigation for the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student. The mother of the girl told reporters that her daughter believed the relationship was “true love.” coach-and-players-34668-m

The former coach, who was also a teacher’s aide, allegedly had sexual relations with the girl on the school campus. The girl’s mother said that she received a call from the school, and that they wanted her daughter to make a statement, to which she replied that her daughter could not do anything without her or an attorney present.

The former coach, who has not been named, had not been officially charged with any crime at the time of news reports. He was in California at the time, however investigators said they were continuing the investigation. Louis Galasso of the Warren Police Dept. said that police had requested a warrant for third-degree criminal sexual conduct for two counts. The girl’s mother said that inappropriate text messages had been sent by the coach, along with a video of himself masturbating. She feels that the school district should protect the students better, and that they are to blame.

The coach was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave in June, when the school district was informed of the allegations of sexual misconduct.

As Michigan sex crime attorneys are fully aware, many young teenage girls find themselves infatuated with teachers, coaches, or others in positions of authority at school. The girl’s mother in this situation admitted that her daughter thought it was “true love.” However, this does not excuse the offender from facing criminal charges. If charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and found guilty, the former coach may face up to 15 years in prison.

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53-year-old Larry D. Currington of Saginaw was recently jailed without bond after being charged in three recent sexual assaults, one involving a woman in Saginaw’s Old Town district, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Currington had been in prison for nearly 30 years after he was convicted of raping a woman in downtown Saginaw in November of 1983. Following his release from prison in July of 2012, Currington had been on parole and was just released this past July. security-fence-4-1398073-m

The most recent incidents took place on August 19, September 6, and September 14, according to reports. Among other charges in the three incidents including robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, and assault with a dangerous weapon, Currington is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

In all three incidents, Currington allegedly attacked women who were alone near their vehicles in the area of Hamilton Street and Cass. At the time of news reports, how police linked Currington to the attacks was not revealed. Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank entered a plea of not guilty on the defendant’s behalf.

Considering his criminal history and the fact that Currington was imprisoned for almost 30 years for rape, it is very likely he will spend the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty of the recent sexual assaults. In addition, carjacking and kidnapping are extremely serious crimes which may result in a life sentence.

Regardless of whether an individual has been convicted of a sex crime in the past or is accused for the first time, it is vital to consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney. The criminal penalties for rape, child pornography or molestation, and other offenses are extremely severe; your career, reputation, and future will be ruined if convicted. In many situations, innocent people are accused of crimes they did not commit.

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Last week, 29-year-old Anthony Scott Currier of Holland was arrested and charged with indecent exposure by a sexually delinquent person after two incidents in the area involving exposure of his private parts, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Police believe Currier may have exposed himself in other incidents in the area recently; he is a registered sex offender, on the registry for life following a 2005 conviction for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Ottawa County. school-bus-2-232057-m

The most recent incidents took place between September 6th and 9th, according to reports. On September 6, Currier allegedly exposed himself near Washington Avenue and 19th Street. On the 9th, he allegedly exposed himself near Black River Public School according to the story told to police by an 11-year-old girl, although he has not been charged in the incident. Captain Jack Dykstra of Holland Police indicated that more charges may be forthcoming against Currier, who police believe is a suspect in other cases involving indecent exposure.

Holland was staying at Holland Rescue Mission most recently, according to police. He is currently held on a $200,000 bond as the investigation continues.

Indecent exposure may not seem like a serious crime when compared to other sex crimes such as child molestation or rape, however it is a serious situation – particularly when the accused is a registered sex offender, or known to be sexually delinquent. While indecent exposure is a misdemeanor offense with criminal penalties that include up to one year in jail for those convicted, the consequences could be far more serious for a registered sex offender. In fact, those who are considered sexually delinquent and who are found guilty of indecent exposure may face up to life in prison.

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On September 9th, 57-year-old Calvin Ray Kelly was charged in the rape of a woman in Kalamazoo at knifepoint, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Kelly was officially charged with one count each of attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping, and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Kelly is reportedly a truck driver out of Tennessee. He is also alleged to have committed rape in Missouri, Tennessee, and Virginia. knife-1-1142076-m

Cold case sexual assault investigator Karen Fairley testified that the victim was raped three times in the span of one hour on April 9 of 2008. The rapes allegedly occurred inside a vehicle located south of Parkview Avenue on US-131. Kelly’s DNA was detected following a sexual assault kit performed on the woman after being entered into the national DNA database.

Fairley’s testimony also indicated that not only had Kelly been linked to other rapes in the three states mentioned above, but that he had been involved in a least nine other rapes going as far back as 1985. Prior to Kelly’s arrest this month, investigators had spent about two years digging into the case. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette stated that, “Those who think a rape case will sit on a shelf, not on our watch.”

The charges pursued against the defendant are as a fourth-time habitual offender, which means he will face at least 25 year in prison if found guilty of first-degree CSC.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious of sex-related criminal charges, and may result in a life prison term.

Michigan sex crime attorneys know that with ever-evolving technology such as DNA testing, defending those accused of rape is no easy task. However, it is vital that anyone accused of sexual assault or any sex crime consult with an experienced lawyer immediately, as DNA evidence alone is often not enough to secure a conviction. For example, if an alleged victim actually consented to sexual intercourse and later claimed rape, the DNA evidence will be there, even though the accused did not actually rape the victim.

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On Friday, September 5, retired Flint Police Sgt. Lawrence Woods was arraigned on 16 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Since that time, two more individuals have come forward with similar allegations, according to a news article at Mlive.com. As of yesterday, Flint Police were interviewing the alleged victims, according to Sgt. Karl Petrich. police-on-the-scene-1172422-m

The 16 counts Woods was arraigned on last week pertain to two alleged victims who were minors at the time they were assaulted during a time period beginning in 1996 and ending in 1999. Woods’ attorney, Frank Manley, said that in cases that are old such as this one and also high profile, there are questions to be answered. Considering the allegations are concerning something that allegedly happened beginning 18 years ago, it becomes suspect.

Petrich said that investigators found substantial evidence in a raid of the homes Woods had stayed at or lived in, including hundreds of photographs depicting child pornography which were not downloaded from the Internet. Petrich maintains that the photographs of victims were taken at a local hotel room and Woods’ apartment. He also said that it was believed Woods sexually assaulted the victims while he was on duty, using his position of authority over the children.

To date, four alleged victims have come forward, but Petrich believes there may be many more. First-degree criminal sexual conduct involving children results in a sentence of 25 years to life in prison for those convicted.

As all Michigan sex crime attorneys are aware, old cases such as this one truly are suspect. Why do victims wait for nearly 20 years to come forward? After this many years, gathering concrete evidence is nearly impossible. In some situations, people may fabricate stories in an effort to get publicity, or even money from the alleged offender. We will see how this plays out in the coming weeks and months.

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In late July, a 38-year-old Kent City man was charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl, according to a news article at Mlive.com. David Harold Fricke waived his probable cause hearing last week, and remains jailed on a $10,000 bond. juliet-433479-m

According to the news report, Fricke had sexual contact with the alleged victim in November of last year at a home located north of 21 Mile Road NW. According to Fricke, the young girl initiated the sexual contact. He maintains that as he was taking a shower, the girl approached him, and that he asked her to leave. In addition, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Fricke claimed to have found the girl in his bed at some point after showering.

If convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Fricke will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison. The maximum prison term for first-degree CSC is life.

Regardless of whether the 9-year-old girl actually initiated sexual contact with Fricke, having sexual relations with a minor is illegal. In Michigan, sexual contact involving penetration with a person who is younger than 13 is considered first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious of all sex crimes in the state. It is critical that anyone accused of this serious criminal offense consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.

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On Monday, September 1, a female student at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield was allegedly sexually assaulted after a man broke into her home on Berkeley Road, according to news reports at the Connecticut Post. get-in-6195-m

The woman, who lives with several roommates who were not home at the time of the incident, described the man who she says attacked her as short and stocky, 5 feet 6 inches tall or shorter, with dark, spiked hair. She said that he had a Spanish accent, and she believed him to be in his 20’s. The victim required treatment at an area hospital for physical injuries she suffered during the sexual assault.

The alleged victim told police that she did not see or hear a vehicle leave her home when her attacker fled. Law enforcement is requesting the public’s help in identifying the suspect, and have released a sketch artist’s rendition of what he may look like.

In the state of Michigan, sexual assault, often referred to as rape, includes any sexual contact that is not consented to by a victim, whether the assault involves penetration or other forced sexual contact such as touching private areas including the breasts, buttocks, groin, or genital area. Sexual assault is generally charged as criminal sexual conduct in the state, and there are four degrees ranging from the most serious, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, to the least serious, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

While the news article does not specifically say that the female student was raped, we will assume she was for the purpose of this article. In Michigan, first-degree criminal sexual conduct involves forced penetration, and will leave the accused facing a maximum term of life in prison if found guilty. This is the same sentence often given to people who are convicted of murder in Michigan.

As you can see, the criminal penalties for sexual assault in the state are extremely harsh. In situations where an individual pleads guilty or no contest to a charge of sexual assault that does not involve penetration, he or she may be sentenced to a couple of years in prison. While this seems far less serious, the most unsettling aspect of being found guilty for most people is being labeled a sex offender and having to register with Michigan’s sex offender registry.

Regardless of how serious the crime is you have been accused of, speak with an experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney immediately. You must have legal guidance and support to reach the best possible outcome in your case.

On Thursday, August 28, 33-year-old Cruz Bonilla of Hillsboro, Oregon was arrested for the alleged sexual assault of a 39-year-old Beaverton woman. According to a news article at the Beaverton Valley Times, a note left on the victim’s door by the suspect led to his arrest. traditional-house-1436065-m

Bonilla allegedly sexually assaulted the victim on August 15 after entering her apartment through a door that was left unlocked. The victim claims that Bonilla came in about 1:30 a.m., and that she struggled with him before he finally fled her apartment. Bonilla left a note on the woman’s apartment door 10 days later which according to police gave them enough information to identify the suspect, who it was determined was unknown to the victim. The victim reported to police that she was sexually assaulted, and that she fought Bonilla during the assault.

Officers who responded to the scene at approximately 2 a.m. were not able to locate the suspect, however they did find and arrest him at a later date. Bonilla is accused of first-degree burglary, first-degree sodomy, and first-degree sex abuse. At last report, he was lodged in the Washington County Jail. News reports do not indicate what was in the note that led to Bonilla’s arrest, only that it was an apology note.

In the state of Michigan, individuals who are accused of sex crimes including rape, sodomy, child pornography or molestation, or accosting a minor for sex are prosecuted vigorously. Having an aggressive and capable Michigan sex crimes attorney on your side is imperative if you want any hope at all of avoiding life-changing criminal penalties. Depending on the crime you are accused of committing, you may face up to life in prison, substantial fines, and be required to register as a sex offender, sometimes for life.

Rape, or first-degree criminal sexual conduct (sex offenses involving penetration) will leave the accused facing a possible sentence of life behind bars. Even when a person pleads guilty or no contest to a less serious offense, he or she may spend time in prison. For those who do not spend a substantial amount of time behind bars, being labeled a sex offender is usually the worst punishment of all. You are shunned by society, and often cannot work or live where you choose.

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Approximately three weeks ago, an 18-year-old male hiker was walking at the Highbanks Metro Park in Lewis Center, OH when he was sexually assaulted by an unknown male. The victim claimed that as he was walking, the suspect attempted to encourage him to walk off the trail north of an overlook deck area that was approximately 75 feet away. When the victim became fearful, he began moving away from the suspect, who then pushed him to the ground and assaulted him, according to NBC4.boise-foothills-4-1336499-m

Kevin Savage, Captain at the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, told reporters that the park was fairly crowded at the time the assault occurred, which was around 4:30 in the afternoon.

The victim told authorities that the suspect is of Indian descent, had a slight accent, and was wearing black running shorts and a white t-shirt with black vertical stripes. He also described the man as having salt-and-pepper hair, a goatee, and nearly six feet tall, thought to be middle-aged. A composite sketch of the suspect was released shortly after the attack for help with possible identification by the public.

Today, many public parks meant for enjoyment are becoming dangerous. Parks with wooded areas give predators opportunities to sexually assault hikers, runners, and those who are simply enjoying nature. However, there are also occasions on which alleged victims wrongly accuse others of sexual assault. Determining whether someone is innocent or guilty of a sex crime can be a very difficult and involved process.

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