According to a Macomb County newspaper, a Sterling Heights substitute band teacher has been accused of having sex with one student and exchanging explicit text messages with that student and two other teen girls. Based on the alleged Macomb County sexting scandal Christopher Michael Skebo, 29, who taught band at both Sterling Heights high school and Warren high school has been dismissed from his teaching positions and now faces one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, and two counts of tampering with evidence.
Michigan law, 750.520d Criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, felony, provides:
(1) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree if the person engages in sexual penetration with another person and if any of the following circumstances exist:
e) That other person is at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age and a student at a public school or nonpublic school, and either of the following applies:
(i) The actor is a teacher [or] substitute teacher …
The main charges stem from the substitute teacher allegedly sending inappropriate texts to the teen.
Because of the serious nature of any Michigan sexual offense, consulting with an experienced Michigan sex crimes defense firm right away is important to begin preparing an aggressive defense.
Here, news reports that several defenses may exist to the sex crime charges. First, Skebo flatly denies any criminal activity occurred. Although he stands accused of sex crimes, it is unclear if any evidence other than the girls’ statements exists. Additionally, according to statements two of the girls involved told Skebo they were over 18, and thus old enough to consent under the law. Further the “evidence tampering” charges arise out of Skebo’s alleged attempts to erase text messages, a common – not criminal – activity for most cell phone users.
If convicted, Skebo faces up to 20 years in prison.
In recent months, many have pushed to pass laws making it a crime to have sex with a teacher – even if you are a substitute teacher and the student is over 18.
For more information or if you have been charged with criminal sexual conduct in Michigan, contact the top Michigan sex crimes defense lawyers at Grabel & Associates for a free, immediate consultation.