In recent weeks, three individuals have been arraigned on charges connected to the sexual assault, torture, and unlawful imprisonment of two individuals. Now, an 18-year-old Port Huron resident, Talon Shaicar Ferguson, has been charged in connection with the alleged crimes which according to news reports took place over a three-week time period.
Ferguson and three others were scheduled for a February 12 preliminary examination in front of Judge Cynthia Platzer. The Voice news stated that Ferguson was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The defendants allegedly raped and tortured a man and woman, who were held captive by the four men who were all teens except for 21-year-old Vito Hale, believed to be the "ringleader." The other two suspects include 18-year-old Bobby Main and 19-year-old Conrad Evenson. The group is alleged to have committed the crimes at a Port Huron home in the 400 block of 14th Street.
Hale denied being the ringleader of the group, saying "I'm not getting in trouble for all of it because I wasn't the ringleader." Hale was incarcerated in the St. Clair County Jail when he made the statement during a video arraignment.
Bobby Joe Main was charged with two counts of unlawful imprisonment, torture, and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Conrad Evenson was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual assault, two counts of unlawful imprisonment and torture.
Vito Hale faces charges of torture, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
All four of the suspects were being held without bond. Assistant Prosecutor Amy Stover said that extensive evidence against the men was found on cell phones, on social media sites.
Michigan sex crime attorneys know the criminal penalties individuals face if convicted of first-, second-, or third-degree criminal sexual conduct are serious. In fact, those convicted of first-degree CSC may face life in prison. It is essential that those accused of or charged with these types of offenses seek legal guidance and protection at once in order to have the best chance of avoiding a conviction and the resulting penalties.
If you have been charged with any sex offense, contact an aggressive and skilled Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.