Recently, two men were arrested and charged with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman who claimed that she was raped by four men just hours before the apartment building where she lived caught fire and was destroyed. Charles Simms, Detroit Fire Chief of Arson, said on Thursday March 6th that the massive fire had been ruled an arson.
The two men, 19-year-old Dantraz Oliver-McClung, and 21-year-old Carlos Love, have each been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of assault with intent to commit penetration. The sexual assault allegedly took place on March 5, according to a news article at The Detroit Free Press.
The apartment complex, Jason Manor, was engulfed in flames approximately three hours after the sexual assault occurred. News reports indicated tenants were jumping from windows in order to escape the fiery blaze. The apartment complex, where more than 30 apartments were occupied by residents, was completely destroyed. Authorities had not confirmed at the time of news reports, but believe the sexual assaults and fire may be connected.
Oliver-McClung and Love were arraigned in Detroit’s 36th District Court on March 8 and were scheduled back in court on Tuesday, March 11.
No doubt that if charged with arson in the fire that destroyed the 42-unit apartment complex and convicted, the two men will face serious criminal penalties which could include up to 20 years in prison. However, a conviction for first-degree criminal sexual conduct is even more serious, as those found guilty face potential life behind bars. First-degree CSC is the most serious sexual offense a person may be charged with. Not only are the criminal penalties life altering, taking away your freedom, being labeled a sex offender presents an entirely different set of problems.
Rape is a very serious offense; even when you are wrongly accused, it is vital to obtain the legal support and guidance of a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney. Your freedom, reputation, and career are at risk. For the best possible outcome, let an experienced lawyer with a positive track record provide you with a strong, effective defense.