On Tuesday, February 24, 28-year-old Eric Devin Masters appeared in court on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for the alleged rape of an 18-month-old toddler in 2012. Masters is accused of sexually assaulting the girl at a Byron Township motel over an eight-day period in 2012, and recording the assaults on video. Masters is considered a “sexual predator” by authorities, and was investigated by the FBI for sexually exploiting children between 2011 and 2013 in several Michigan counties.
According to a news article at WZZM13, Masters waived his probable cause hearing and was bound over to court. He was on probation for a sexual assault in Ionia County in 2013 when he was arrested, and had pleaded guilty in September of last year to other felony sex charges. Authorities said that it appears Masters does not stay in one place very long, and that he has addresses in numerous cities in Michigan. He had also been jailed earlier this month on sexual assault charges in Muskegon County.
News sources also reveal that Masters had produced sexually explicit material of children and posted the materials to the Internet, and was indicted on those charges in June.
Currently, Masters is held on a $250,000 bond and no trial date has been set for the rape charges. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Michigan sex crime attorneys know that there are individuals who commit horrendous crimes against children, and who truly are predators. In some circumstances, offenders deserve to be locked behind bars for years, or even for life. However, there are many occasions on which innocent individuals are accused of sexual crimes they did not commit. For example, a child may be coerced to fabricate a story by a parent who wants revenge against the other, or who is seeking sole custody of the children. Someone may claim he/she was sexually assaulted by another person when both had had too much to drink, and the sexual act was actually consensual.
There are many facts to every case that must be thoroughly reviewed and investigated. If you have been wrongly accused of rape or any offense that is sexual in nature, consult with an experienced Michigan sex crime defense lawyer immediately. The penalties for a conviction are extremely harsh; you must take action to protect your legal rights and freedom.