On Sunday, June 8, 55-year-old Robert Kilroy of East Tawas allegedly abducted a woman at knifepoint as she was closing up a business in Baldwin Township for the night. Kilroy allegedly forced her into his vehicle before driving off onto US-23, according to news reports at Mlive.com. Kilroy was arraigned on June 9 on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and second-degree sexual assault. He was denied bond.
News reports state that at some point the victim was able to free herself before jumping from the vehicle, which was moving. She then flagged down a motorist and was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for various injuries.
Police were notified about the woman being abducted a knifepoint just before 10:30 p.m. on Sunday. After determining that Kilroy was the suspect, they found and arrested him at his residence. Information regarding whether Kilroy and the alleged victim were acquainted was not disclosed.
While kidnapping is an extremely serious charge that leaves the defendant facing potential life in prison if convicted, second-degree criminal sexual conduct is also a very serious criminal offense. Anyone found guilty of second-degree CSC, which does not involve penetration, may be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
There are many conditions that determine whether someone is charged with first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in addition to whether penetration occurred. In the situation above, another felony offense (kidnapping) allegedly took place. A person may be charged with second-degree CSC when he/she inappropriately touches another person, and this sexual conduct occurs in conjunction with another felony crime.
Pleading not guilty and going to trial is not the only legal option for those accused of serious crimes. If you are innocent and the evidence is weak or non-existent, a defense attorney may recommend that you go on trial. However, if the evidence against you is strong and you would likely be found guilty, your lawyer may advise that you plead guilty or no contest to a lesser charge if offered by prosecutors. Typically, those who plead face lighter penalties or punishment than defendant’s who are found guilty at trial.
Regardless of the situation, never face charges of sexual assault, rape, child molestation, or any sex offense without the support and guidance of a highly skilled Michigan sex crime attorney.