On Sunday, August 30, a 7-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by a 22-year-old neighbor who police say scaled a balcony at an apartment complex and entered the victim’s apartment through a sliding door. The suspect, Newton Githiri, is being held on $2.5 million bond; he is charged with two counts each of sexual abuse of a child less than 12 and first-degree attempted sodomy, and is also facing second-degree burglary charges according to jail records.
Hoover, AL police received a 911 call at approximately 3:30 in the morning from the Park at Galleria Apartments. The victim’s father fought with Githiri and restrained him after he and the girl’s mother heard a noise which woke them up; the girl’s mother called police while her husband restrained the suspect, although police learned later the parents discovered the situation after the girl had already been sexually assaulted.
Captain Gregg Rector said that police first believed they were responding to a burglary in progress, but discovered the incident was something far worse. He also said the little girl told her parents what the suspect had done to her immediately.
Charges of sexually assaulting a child are extremely serious, regardless of what state an alleged offender lives in. Those found guilty of sexual abuse, sodomy, or other related offenses will face harsh criminal penalties including jail/prison time, fines, a criminal record, and the requirement to register as a sex offender, often for a lifetime.
In Michigan, anyone convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (the most serious sex crime, involving penetration) may face up to life in prison. When a victim is younger than 13, the defendant will face a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Regardless of the circumstances, anyone accused of sexual assault, child molestation, sodomy, Internet sex crimes, or any similar offense must consult with a seasoned Michigan sex crimes attorney. Without a skilled lawyer, your freedom, reputation, and future are literally on the line. Your legal rights must be protected from the very beginning; the best possible result can only be obtained by working with a qualified attorney.