In late July, a 38-year-old Kent City man was charged with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct after he allegedly sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl, according to a news article at Mlive.com. David Harold Fricke waived his probable cause hearing last week, and remains jailed on a $10,000 bond.
According to the news report, Fricke had sexual contact with the alleged victim in November of last year at a home located north of 21 Mile Road NW. According to Fricke, the young girl initiated the sexual contact. He maintains that as he was taking a shower, the girl approached him, and that he asked her to leave. In addition, according to the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Fricke claimed to have found the girl in his bed at some point after showering.
If convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, Fricke will spend a minimum of 25 years in prison. The maximum prison term for first-degree CSC is life.
Regardless of whether the 9-year-old girl actually initiated sexual contact with Fricke, having sexual relations with a minor is illegal. In Michigan, sexual contact involving penetration with a person who is younger than 13 is considered first-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious of all sex crimes in the state. It is critical that anyone accused of this serious criminal offense consult with a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.
When children are involved, it is sometimes difficult to determine whether the child was actually assaulted, or whether the suspect was wrongly accused. Children are often coerced or persuaded by adults to say things that are not true. Regardless, it is important to take action immediately to protect your legal rights and future, so that the best possible results can be reached. Unfortunately, there are many innocent people imprisoned today for crimes they did not commit. When a situation can result in a life prison term, it is imperative that you work with a capable and experienced defense attorney.