Approximately three months ago we wrote about Chad Eric Servis, a Wyoming resident who allegedly attempted to “lure” young boys under the age of 16 to a secluded area of Ideal Park for immoral purposes. On Monday September 30, an article appeared at Mlive.com regarding the case; apparently the defendant and Kent County Prosecutor’s Office have not been able to negotiate a plea agreement. It appears that Servis will now be headed to trial to fight the charges against him.
Servis, a registered sex offender, was charged with two counts of accosting children for immoral purposes as a repeat offender in connection with the incident which happened in late June. The three boys were playing basketball near Ideal Park when Servis allegedly attempted to get the boys to go with him to an area of the park which is more secluded. News articles indicate that the boys instead left and went to tell their parents, who along with other friends and family members returned to the park to find Servis was still there. Police arrived shortly after while family members detained Servis.
The defendant was also charged with two counts of possession of sexually abusive material, and using a computer to commit a crime.
Last week, Frank Stanley, the defendant’s attorney, requested Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock to force prosecutors to indicate which images located on his client’s computer constituted sexually abusive material. Stanley told the judge that none of the images constitute the charge in his opinion. Servis’ home was also searched following the allegations at the park which Stanley also disagreed with, arguing that because the defendant’s home had nothing to do with what allegedly occurred at the park police had no right to search it.
Stanley and Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Gregory Boer told the judge that at this time no plea agreement had been reached. It appears that Servis’ case will now proceed forth to trial. If convicted, Servis could serve a prison term of 10 years.
Because he is a registered sex offender, Servis’ sentence will likely be enhanced if convicted. Michigan sex crime defense lawyers know the serious penalties those who are accused of sex-related crimes face if convicted. While there is no doubt there are people all over the U.S. who commit these heinous crimes involving children every day, there is also no doubt that many who are accused are innocent. Without hard physical evidence, an accused individual may face criminal penalties based on nothing more than suspicion and the testimony of others. While defendants are said to be “innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” unfortunately there is often doubt in the minds of jurors when they determine someone is guilty of a crime.
If you have been accused of any sex offense, consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. Your reputation, freedom, and future may be in jeopardy.