Last week, a probable cause hearing was held for Brian Lee Gillespie, a 33-year-old man who is accused of sexually penetrating a 6-year-old girl on multiple occasions in her Muskegon Township home in 2013. The girl, who is now seven years old, was accompanied by an advocacy dog as she calmly testified regarding what Gillespie had allegedly done to her. According to prosecutors, the defendant also gave the girl a sexually transmitted disease.
The alleged victim wore a pair of dark glasses given to her by the Assistant Prosecutor to help block out the courtroom as she gave her account of what happened. Oscar, the black lab, was also at her side to give comfort and help the girl remain calm. According to the girl, the first assault took place in the living room of her family’s home while she was on school break. After hearing the alleged victim’s testimony, visiting 60th District Judge Richard Kloote found the evidence compelling enough to bound Gillespie over for trial. He is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13, charged as a second-time habitual offender.
According to the news report at Mlive.com, a physician determined that the girl had an STD, and Child Protective Service was contacted. The agency then launched an investigation in conjunction with Muskegon Township Police officials. The public defender appointed to Gillespie’s case motioned to reduce the $200,000 cash or surety bond, however Kloote denied the motion.
Michigan sex crime attorneys know that there are countless cases in which an innocent adult is accused of sexually assaulting a child. In many of these situations, the child has been coerced or encouraged by an adult to make false accusations, often out of revenge, jealousy, or in matters involving child custody. However, when a 6-year-old child is diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease, it is impossible to deny that someone has violated the child. If Gillespie proceeds to trial and is found guilty, he could face punishment that includes life in prison without parole.
In many cases a defense lawyer may determine that the outcome would be more favorable for the client if he/she pleads guilty or no contest to a lesser charge. Every case is different, however in order for anyone who has been accused of sexual assault, rape, or any sex crime to obtain the best possible result it is vital to obtain the legal support and guidance of an experienced and aggressive attorney. If you have been accused of a sex offense, contact a dedicated Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.