A woman is scheduled to testify on Thursday, May 2 regarding an alleged sexual assault she endured at the hands of Gary S. Moreland, a former Saginaw Township Catholic school athletic director, more than 20 years ago. The defendant, who is now 72 years old, allegedly began assaulting the victim when she was six years old. Moreland’s attorney, Matthew L. Reyes, denies the accusations against his client.
Moreland is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone younger than 13 and five counts of fourth-degree CSC. According to a news article at Mlive.com, Moreland was around 50 when the alleged sexual assault began.
The victim is a distant relative of the defendant, and says that an incident involving penetration took place in the early 90s, when she was between six and eight years old; she could not remember her exact age, but said that the defendant put her on his lap and assaulted her in a basement. She alleges that on several occasions when her family returned to visit family in the area, Moreland touched her inappropriately.
The victim also states that during her high school years after moving back to Saginaw she worked for Moreland, and that the assault continued in the form of grabbing her buttocks, shoving his tongue in her mouth, and other inappropriate behavior. The defendant was scheduled to go on trial on February 5 before Saginaw County Circuit Judge Janet M. Boes, however trial was adjourned at his attorney’s request because he was new to the case.
The woman was in an in-patient rehab center in 2008 when she first spoke of the alleged assault; in December of 2011 an investigation began, and charges were filed against Moreland by prosecutors in April of 2012.
While the woman will testify before a jury of seven men and seven women, her mother and aunt will also testify regarding incidents involving Moreland which allegedly occurred when the two were teenagers.
Michigan sex crime lawyers know that anyone convicted on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct may face a lifetime in prison. Even when an individual does not serve life in prison, other severe penalties can ruin his or her life. Being labeled a sex offender will negatively impact the person’s life, ruining his or her reputation and causing lifelong shame and embarrassment regardless of guilt or innocence.
Anyone who has been arrested for a sex-related offense or charged with a crime should be proactive and take action immediately to protect their legal rights and freedom. Contact a skilled Michigan sex crime attorney at once, so work can begin to reach a positive outcome.