John Sklar Jr. was arraigned in Ingham County District Court on Friday December 21 after being charged with sexual abuse of a boy in June of 2011, when the alleged victim was 14 years old. Sklar was charged with one count of distributing sexually explicit material to a child, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
News reports state that the alleged victim reported to police in November of this year that he had been sexually assaulted last year in Delhi Township, where Sklar was living at the time. Police then began investigating the allegation. A search warrant was executed by the Macomb and Ingham county sheriff's offices. The Michigan State Police Crimes Against Children Task Force is currently analyzing items which were seized at Sklar's residence.
The defendant, John Frank Sklar Jr., was convicted on sex charges in Oakland County in 1998, and is a registered sex offender. The Lansing State Journal reports that according to Ingham County Detective Annie Harrison, Sklar was arrested on Monday, December 17 on unrelated charges in Mount Clemens; he was then transferred to Lansing, where he is being held without bond in the Ingham County jail. Sklar is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference on January 2.
Michigan sex crime attorneys know that charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct are extremely serious, subjecting the accused to severe penalties if convicted. Because the defendant in this case is a registered sex offender, he will likely face punishment that is even more severe.
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