On Sunday February 23, Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a home after receiving reports of a home invasion. The suspect, 30-year-old Derek Milo Bloemen, allegedly forced the homeowner out of the home at gunpoint so that he could engage in sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to news reports at Mlive.com.
Bloemen, of Battle Creek, was allegedly having sex with the teen when deputies entered the home. Deputies said that a handgun was placed on the nightstand when they entered the bedroom. The suspect was arrested and charged with felony firearm, felonious assault, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
News reports indicate that Bloemen was sentenced to prison in 2002 for home invasion, and in 2003 for aggravated assault, both offenses he allegedly committed in Barry County. He was also sentenced to prison in 2012 for possession of meth in Calhoun County.
Bloemen is scheduled for a preliminary exam on March 10 in Calhoun County District Court.
While news reports do not say, it is likely the 14-year-old girl agreed to have sex with Bloemen. Even so, having sexual intercourse with a person between the ages of 13 and 16 is against the law in Michigan. Third-degree criminal sexual conduct involves penetration, and leaves the defendant facing serious criminal penalties if convicted. The maximum prison sentence for those found guilty of this sex crime is 15 years.
Perhaps the most damaging consequence of all for those who are convicted of most sex offenses is the requirement to register as a sex offender. Being labeled a sex offender impacts nearly every aspect of an individual’s life, including the right to live where he/she chooses to live, employment, even the right to own a gun. In addition, sex offenders lose their privacy, as anyone can access to the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.
It is vital that anyone accused of sexual assault, rape, child pornography, or any sex-related offense consult with an aggressive and capable Michigan sex crime defense attorney right away. Action must be taken immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom, and to help prevent a conviction.