In April of this year, 38-year-old Leon H. Hathaway III was charged with sexually assaulting a young female relative over a four-year time period beginning in early 2009. Now, an additional sexual assault charge has been added, bringing the total charges Hathaway faces to seven.
The alleged sexual assaults occurred in various locations in Saginaw County, according to a news article at Mlive.com. The victim was younger than 13 when the assaults started in 2009, and between the ages of 13 and 16 when the last alleged assault took place in March of this year.
Hathaway was initially charged with one count of first-degree CSC against a relative, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone under the age of 13, and three counts of second-degree CSC against someone under the age of 13. An additional charge of first-degree CSC against a relative has been added.
Hathaway will stand trial in Circuit Court after Saginaw County District Judge Kyle Higgs Tarrant found that prosecutors showed probable cause at Hathaway’s preliminary hearing. He remains in jail without bond, and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Hathaway will face extremely serious consequences if convicted of even one of the charges against him. As all Michigan sex crime attorneys know, a conviction for first-degree criminal sexual conduct can result in a life behind bars. Considering the number of charges against the defendant, he could easily be imprisoned for life if found guilty.
Frequently in cases where relatives are involved, false accusations are made – particularly when the alleged victim is a child. It is unfortunate, but children are often coerced by adults to say things that are not true, although this is certainly not always the case.
Regardless, it is essential that any individual who is accused of a sex offense contact a capable and experienced Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately. Your legal rights and freedom must be protected.