A horse farmer residing in Richfield Township has been charged with allegedly sexually abusing four juveniles who were involved in a training program for girls which the accused ran at his horse farm. The 57-year-old man, Douglas Guffey, was arraigned on July 15th in Genesee District Court. Police allege that Guffey used the well-known online ad site Craigslist to lure his victims to the farm. He now faces seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.
Guffey was a trainer at Advance Farms, Inc. and advertised the farm on Craigslist as a place to mentor children. A mother of one of the victims told NBC25 that she felt uncomfortable about the farm and the accused. According to the woman, she filed a police report after Guffey placed his hands on her daughter. She also said that Guffey told her that in the past, he had been accused of abuse of a child. She said that she had blinders on, and because Guffey was a very smooth talker she ignored the red flag.
Guffey, charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct would provide teaching lessons to girls in exchange for internships, according to Richfield Township Police Lt. Tony Craig. He as owner of the farm and in a position of authority during the time the alleged abuse took place.
Craig would not offer any further comments regarding the alleged abuse due to an ongoing investigation, however police are concerned that there may be additional victims.
Michigan criminal sexual conduct attorneys know that individuals are often wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit. Generally speaking, a first-degree charge involves penetration, while second-degree charges typically involve some other form of sexual contact. Regardless of the nature or degree of the crime, it is critical that the accused speaks with a lawyer as soon as possible. Never waive your rights for a preliminary examination before consulting your attorney, and never discuss the investigation with police, as they will attempt to coerce you into saying things that may further incriminate you.
Regardless of your innocence or guilt, consult with a qualified and capable Michigan sex crime defense lawyer immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom.