In August of this year, 36-year-old Jason J. Kenny was arraigned on two counts of child sexually abusive activity, both felony charges. In September, Kenny was arraigned on two additional counts of child sexually abusive activity, along with two counts of third-degree CSC with a person between the ages of 13 and 15.
Bay City police allege that Kenny engaged in sex with a teenage, filming himself and the teen during the sexual encounter. In July, a worker at Child Protective Services reported to Bay County Sheriff’s deputies that a woman had discovered two videos of Kenny engaging in sex with a 16-year-old girl on her son’s cell phone. Deputies then began to investigate the allegations; the videos reported by the woman were turned over to investigators. Court records indicate the boy and teen girl were having sex, and that an adult male was also involved, although his face was not revealed in the video. The mother of the boy told authorities that she believed Kenny to be the unidentified male in the video. Kenny’s fiancée was interviewed by police; she concurred with the boy’s mother, saying that after watching the videos she believed the adult male to be Kenny.
Kenny denied involvement during interviews, saying that he felt the boy’s mother was trying to “get back” at him and was making false allegations.
A news article at Mlive.com indicates that in early August, both of the teens depicted in the video were interviewed at the Nathan Weidner Children’s Advocacy Center. Both of the teens allege that they did engage in sex with each other, but that the 16-year-old female also had sex with the defendant. While 16 year olds can consent to having sex in Michigan, recording sexual activity between participants who are under the age of 18 is prohibited by state law.
The female involved told investigators that when she was 15 she engaged in sex with Kenny on two different occasions; the third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Kenny stem from these allegations. He is schedule to appear in court on November 26 for a preliminary examination.
Michigan sex crime attorneys know that charges of child sexually abusive activity and third-degree CSC are extremely serious, and may leave the accused facing many years behind bars along with substantial fines. The defendant may face up to 20 years if convicted of child sexually abusive activity; third-degree CSC with someone between the ages of 13 and 15 is a 15 year felony.
Individuals accused of sex-related offenses face not only severe criminal penalties, but damage to their reputation, career, and relationships as well. Perhaps the most serious result of a conviction is being required to register as a sex offender, as many face barriers in regards to employment and housing, and are shunned by society for a lifetime. If you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, possession of child pornographic material, or any related offense, consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crimes defense lawyer immediately.