Oakland County Mishandled Rape Case Continues To Trial

Federal judges have allowed several charges to go forward against the Oakland County Prosecutors office, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District and the Michigan Department of Human Services as a result of a botched rape case. A West Bloomfield couple – Julian and Thal Wendrow – filed their lawsuit after an investigation and prosecution on charges of raping their daughter that a federal judge has described as “a runaway train.”

The Thals endured a nightmarish ordeal – they were prosecuted on charges of criminal sexual assault first degree for allegedly raping their autistic daughter. The only evidence Oakland County prosecutors had against the parents were “typed” statements the girl made with the help of an aide using a discredited method call “Facilitated Communication.” Based on the flawed allegations, the Wendrows were jailed and their children taken away and placed in foster care before prosecutors admitted the child could not communicate and dropped the charges.

Any one facing sex crimes charges should contact an aggressive Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer immediately to investigate the evidence, begin preparing your defense and protect your rights. Sex crime charges can be brought based solely on allegations of wrongful conduct without physical evidence. Even if the charges are eventually dropped, being arrested and investigated can turn your life upside down and have significant consequences.

An aggressive sex crimes defense attorney can help fight back, protecting you and being your greatest ally in this difficult time.


The Wendrow’s case is now going forward on charges that the Oakland prosecutors violated state and federal laws protecting disabled people, that one of the prosecutors defamed them by implying their guilt to a national law magazine, and several other charges related to the prosecution.

If you have been charged with or are under investigation for any Michigan sex crime, please contact the experienced Michigan sex crimes defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates for prompt and aggressive sex crimes defense.