Greg Tibbetts, former principal of Vicksburg Middle School, was arraigned on Tuesday and is facing 13 counts of criminal sexual behavior related to an alleged relationship with an underage boy, who was 13 when the relationship began according to news reports. Tibbetts is facing one count of using a computer to solicit another to commit distribution of child sexually abusive material, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, five counts of possessing child sexually abusive material, five counts of using a computer with child sexually abusive material, and one count of exhibiting sexually abusive material to a minor.
According to Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Fink, the alleged male victim was 13 years old when the abuse began in 2010, and continued until he was 16, earlier this year. The victim is now a student at Vicksburg High School. Upon learning that Tibbetts was being investigated, Vicksburg Community Schools Superintendent Charles Glaes immediately placed the principal on leave. Glaes said that the news was “shocking.” Glaes also stated that Tibbetts had been a very capable and trusted administrator.
Tibbetts had been in his position as school principal at the middle school for 9 years. Family members of the alleged victim tipped off police when they discovered explicit text messages between Tibbetts and the boy. The investigation into the allegations began on September 25th; Tibbetts turned himself in prior to his arraignment.
All of the charges Tibbetts faces are felony offenses, the most serious being the second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. Understandably, parents of the middle school students are taking the news very seriously. News reports stated that counselors would be available on Tuesday, October 30th, at both the middle and high schools to help students deal with emotional issues and concerns they may have.
Michigan sex crime lawyers understand the magnitude of these types of situations, and the impact they often have on the community. However, there are situations in which individuals are falsely accused of sexual misbehavior, and spend time behind bars for crimes they did not commit.
If you have been arrested for second-degree criminal sexual conduct or any sex-related offense, consult with an aggressive Michigan sex criminal defense attorney at once to protect your legal rights.