JL Mack, a 54-year-old Muskegon County man, was recently charged with allegedly fondling a 12-year-old boy according to a news article at Mlive.com. Mack is accused of fondling the genital area of the victim at the victim’s home earlier this month; he allegedly fondled the boy underneath his clothing.
According to Muskegon County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Timothy Maat, the boy reported the incident immediately to his mother, who then made a complaint to the police. Maat also said that the alleged offender is an acquaintance of the boy’s family, and that at this time it appears to be an isolated incident. There are no known previous complaints of a sexual nature, however Mack does have convictions on his criminal record from years ago involving retail fraud, larceny, burglary, and marijuana.
Although Mack was charged with one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, his bond was set at $250,000 cash or surety. Second-degree CSC indicates that forcible contact took place.
In the state of Michigan, all sex crimes are serious, whether an individual is charged with first-, second-, third-, or fourth-degree CSC. First-degree involves penetration, and is the most serious of all sex crimes leaving those convicted facing harsh penalties that include a maximum of life in prison.
Second-degree CSC may result in a prison term of up to 15 years and electronic monitoring for life if the accused is found guilty. In addition, he/she will be labeled a sex offender, as it is required those convicted of this offense register on Michigan’s sex offender registry.
Being convicted of a sex crime can result in loss of your freedom, ruin of your career and reputation, even loss of the privilege to live wherever you like and other privileges. No matter how minor or serious the accusations may seem, it is important that you consult with a highly skilled Michigan sex crime attorney who is capable of securing good results, and who has a proven track record in these types of cases.