Casey J. Mateos, a 41-year-old Bay City man, was arrested earlier this year for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. In April, Mateos rejected a plea offer from prosecutors which would have required he spend 8 years and 4 months in prison. On Tuesday November 19, jury selection was to begin in Mateos’ trial. He is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a relation, and one count of second-degree CSC with a relation.
Prosecutors offered Mateos the opportunity to plead no contest or guilty to one count each of first- and second-degree CSC in exchange for the second-degree count being dismissed; he rejected the deal, and could now potentially face up to life in prison if convicted by a jury. The maximum punishment for first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Michigan is life.
Investigation into the alleged sexual assault began in September of last year after the girl’s mother contacted Bay City police alleging that her daughter had been molested. The girl’s mother claimed that her daughter had told her about the abuse; she also said that she confronted the defendant, who denied the sexual abuse.
The alleged victim was interviewed in October by staff at the Nathan Weidner Children’s Advocacy Center. At that time, the girl told staff that she had made up the allegations and that her story was a lie, because she was angry with Mateos regarding another matter. During the course of the interview her story changed; she ultimately told staff that Mateos had abused her, touching her eight to ten times. Mateos initially denied the accusations in a police interview, but admitted later that he had fondled her. He also told detectives that he and the girl never talked about the incidents, and that he had never instructed her to keep it a secret.
If found guilty by a jury, Mateos will likely spend many years behind bars, perhaps the rest of his life. Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand the sensitive nature of these types of crimes, particularly when the alleged victim is a relative of the accused individual. As indicated in the situation above, teens often make accusations out of anger. Regardless of whether Mateos is guilty or innocent, many innocent individuals are convicted of sex crimes, leaving them to face life-changing punishment.
Anyone who is accused of or who has been charged with sexual assault, child molestation, or any sex-related crime must take action immediately. Contact a Michigan sex crime defense lawyer with a proven track record for achieving positive results in these types of cases.