The case of a Grand Rapids woman who was a Catholic high school tutor convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old student is scheduled to be featured on Dateline NBC on Thursday, June 4 according to a news article at Mlive.com. The tutor, 35-year-old Abigail Simon, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one charge of accosting a minor for immoral purposes in November of last year.
According to news reports, Simon provided the victim with a key to her Grand Rapids apartment, where several of the sexual encounters are said to have occurred. The evidence against Simon at trial included more than 1,000 text messages between herself, the student, and friends. In some of the text messages Simon said she wanted to have children with the boy; she also professed her love for the young boy.
Simon’s attorney employed a defense strategy in which the victim was accused of raping and controlling Simon, which would have absolved her of criminal responsibility for the sexual activity, however the defense strategy failed. Simon was sentenced to 8 to 25 years in prison after being found guilty.
The case has gained the attention of the public not only in the U.S., but internationally. It also drew the attention of Dateline NBC producers, who decided to dedicate a one-hour long show to the case. While the victim and his family were not interviewed for the Dateline NBC episode, segments including discussions with Simon and the prosecutor and detectives who investigated the case will be featured. Keith Morrison, who was present at Simon’s sentencing in January of this year, is the reporter who will cover the episode.
Simon is incarcerated at the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility near Ypsilanti, where she will remain an inmate until at least 2022, and perhaps until 2039.
Successfully fighting charges of first-degree sexual misconduct requires the legal support and guidance of an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney. The criminal penalties for a conviction are extremely harsh, and will impact your freedom, reputation, and future. Do not face criminal charges of a sexual nature without a capable defense lawyer in your corner.