Recently, 26-year-old Robert Yaek of Richmond Township pleaded no contest to charges that he engaged in sexual conduct with a 13-year-old student. Yaek pleaded no contest to a single count of possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of distributing obscene material to a minor, and two counts each of using a computer to commit a crime and first-degree criminal sexual conduct. First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious of all sex charges with criminal penalties including a maximum life prison term.
According to prosecutors, the defendant engaged in sexual encounters with a seventh-grade girl between February and May of this year. Some of the encounters are alleged to have taken place in an Armada home where Yaek was house-sitting, and inside a closet at the school that was adjacent to his classroom.
In May, two female students reported to authorities that they suspected the girl was engaged in a relationship with Yaek, who was formally charged in June following an investigation. Up to this point, Yaek was highly respected by school personnel, and had an unblemished personnel record according to the superintendent.
Officials allege that the teacher also sent sexually explicit photos of himself to the seventh-grade girl’s cell phone.
Although it appears that the 13-year-old girl was willingly engaging in sexual conduct with her science teacher, it makes no difference. In the state of Michigan, individuals who are younger than 16 years of age cannot consent to having sex with an adult. Now, a young man will face time in prison, possibly life although those who plead guilty or no contest to criminal charges generally face punishment that is less severe.
All sex crimes are serious, regardless of whether or not penetration occurred (which is the case with first-degree criminal sexual conduct). Whether you are accused of possession of child pornography, an Internet sex crime, or touching someone inappropriately, you may be facing jail/prison time, and be required to register as a sex offender, perhaps the most damaging punishment of all. In order to protect your legal rights, reputation, and freedom, obtain the legal support and guidance of a skilled Michigan sex crime attorney who will work vigorously to secure good results.