John Caddell, a 72-year-old Ypsilanti Township resident, is accused of inappropriate sexual contact with two children who are 8 and 10 years old, according to a news article at AnnArbor.com. The inappropriate sexual contact is reported to have taken place between October of 2012 and April of this year.
Caddell is currently being held on a $500,000 bond in the Washtenaw County Jail, and is facing five charges related to the alleged sexual assaults which were revealed when Caddell was being investigated for a separate crime. Caddell is charged with accosting a child for immoral purposes, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct on a person under 13 years of age, and three counts of first-degree CSC on a person under 13 years of age.
The suspect is scheduled to return to court on Tuesday, June 4 for a preliminary exam.
According to the Michigan Penal Code 750.520b, an individual may be charged with CSC in the first degree if he or she engaged in sexual penetration with another individual who was under the age of 13 when the offense allegedly occurred. As skilled Michigan sex crime lawyers know, an individual who is convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct may spend a lifetime behind bars, as this is the most serious sexual offense of all.
While there are certainly sexual predators in our society today, there are also countless innocent people spending time in jail or prison for crimes they did not commit. Sex crimes are some of the hardest to defend, because it is often a case of the alleged victim’s word against that of the defendant.
If you have been accused of a crime that is sexual in nature, obtain the services of an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. You must have a lawyer who will vigorously defend your legal rights and freedom, one willing to perform a thorough investigation, challenge any evidence, and do whatever it takes to ensure positive results.