In June of last year, 19-year-old Dylan T. Dominowski of Bay City was arraigned on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13 and a single count of third-degree CSC. Just days later, eight more counts came from prosecutors, then the 13th charge in November of 2013. Now, Bay County District Judge Mark E. Janer has determined that Dominowski is psychologically competent to stand trial on the charges after having the defendant evaluated by staff at a psychiatric facility in Ypsilanti.
Dominowski allegedly sexually assaulted two girls who were ages 12 and 14 at the time, according to news articles at Mlive.com. The oldest victim revealed to a forensic interviewer that the defendant had forced her into sex in November of 2012 in his Bay City home, while the 12-year-old girl claims that the defendant engaged in sex with her on multiple occasions between December of 2012 and April, also at his home. According to police, Dominowski admitted to the allegations against him.
In all, Dominowski is charged with three counts of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, seven counts of first-degree CSC with someone younger than 13, and a single count of third-degree CSC. Should the defendant go to trial, a conviction will leave him facing a minimum of 25 years in prison due to the victims’ ages.
In the state of Michigan, sex crimes are treated very seriously whether an individual is accused of child molestation, rape, pornography, or another offense. First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious offense a person may be charged with, and involves penetration. The maximum punishment for first-degree CSC is life in prison, the same maximum sentence someone found guilty of murder may face. Regardless of the penalties, being labeled a sex offender even if you only spend a few months in prison will seriously impact your life forever.
People are frequently wrongly accused of committing sex crimes, which means even if innocent, you could find yourself facing prison time and other consequences. The first thing you should do if under investigation or arrest is to contact a capable Michigan sex crime attorney.