According to the Saginaw News, a former Freeland teacher has been charge with 21 counts of criminal sexual conduct, including 15 counts of third-degree and six counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct based on sex acts with a Freeland Highschool student.
Third degree criminal sexual conduct is sometimes referred to by lay people as statutory rape. It is a felony and carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Fourth degree sexual conduct involves sexual touching of an intimate body part without penetration. The maximum penalty for a conviction of fourth degree sexual conduct is 2 years.
If convicted of any degree of criminal sexual conduct, you must register on the Michigan Sex Offenders Registry.
While the facts and circumstances surrounding this matter are unknown, in all matters involving allegations of criminal sexual conduct, it is crucial to obtain a knowledgeable sex crime defense attorney at the outset to vigorously defend your rights.
Unfortunately, many people are falsely accused of and wrongfully charged with committing a criminal sexual conduct offense because the law requires only that an allegation be made. In fact, an individual can be convicted of a sexual conduct offense with any physical evidence of an assault. An aggressive criminal defense attorney may be able to uncover false allegations or employ other defense strategies in order to get the charges dismissed.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, please contact Grabel & Associates, a Michigan criminal defense firm that will fight aggressively to protect your rights.