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Ivan N. was 17 years old when he admitted that he had touched his 7-year-old adoptive sister (referred to  girl with teddy bearas the “victim”) by using his penis and hands to touch her genital area numerous times over the period of approximately one year.  At 17, Ivan N. was considered a minor; his adoptive parents learned of the sexual abuse (molestation) due to an incident that occurred in the home.  In April of 2015, Ivan N. was arrested and charged with two counts of committing a lewd act on a minor under the age of 14; he was arraigned and confined at juvenile hall.

The court dismissed one count after Ivan admitted to one count in May of 2015.  He admitted that he molested the victim to get back at his parents, and apologized during an interview for his conduct.  Ivan was referred to an outpatient or residential facility following a psychological evaluation, a facility offering therapy and programming for treatment of adolescent male sex offenders.  It was determined that Ivan was a person described by section 602 who was subject to probation.  The probation department prepared a social study, which recommended Ivan, could receive appropriate treatment at a CBO (community based organization).
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cry-girlIn March of this year, we wrote about a 21-year-old Saginaw Township man who had been charged with sexually assaulting a young female relative.  Now, Matthew J. Martinez has pleaded no contest to charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone with whom he is related, according to news reports at Mlive.com.

Martinez was originally charged with three counts of first-degree CSC.  In exchange for his no contest plea, prosecutors agreed to drop two of the counts.  Saginaw County Circuit Judge Robert L. Kaczmarek indicated following a Cobbs hearing that the minimum sentence he would give to Martinez would not exceed nine years.  The maximum sentence for first-degree CSC is life in prison; Kaczmarek is scheduled to sentence Martinez on June 9.

Martinez allegedly sexually assaulted the victim between January of 2010 and August of 2013.  News articles do not indicate how the victim and Martinez are related. Continue reading

cuffs-keysBrian Sevrey, a 56-year-old Cadillac man who is accused of child pornography, was facing state charges in Wexford County in connection with allegedly sexually exploiting a 2-year-old girl, according to news articles at Mlive.com.  Sevrey will now face federal charges as an indictment has been filed and Sevrey transferred to Grand Rapids from the Wexford County Jail.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was notified by Google; Michigan State Police were then notified by the agency of Sevrey’s activities which allegedly included using a computer to commit a crime.  In all, Sevrey faces five charges which include child sexually abusive activity and distributing child pornography.  If convicted of the charges against him, Sevrey will spend a minimum of 15 years in prison, and up to 30.

Court records revealed that Sevrey had the 2-year-old girl engage in conduct that was “sexually explicit” so that he could photograph her private areas.  According to the indictment filed in Grand Rapids U.S. District Court, the defendant also touched the girl while photographing her.  Sevrey was scheduled for an arraignment and detention hearing on April 28 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh Brenneman Jr., and is being held without bond. Continue reading

student-cryingAndrea Michelle Cardosa, a 40-year-old former school administrator, is facing 16 felony counts after she allegedly sexually assaulted two girls in recent years, one of whom was under 14 at the time, and one that was 14 or 15 years old, according to a news article at NBC Los Angeles.  The allegations came to light when one of the alleged victims posted a video titled “A call to my childhood rapist teacher” on YouTube.

In January, the first victim who was referred to in news reports as Jane Doe 1 learned that her former teacher was now employed in the capacity of assistant principal at a high school in Los Angeles County.  Jane Doe 1 was allegedly sexually assaulted from 1997 to 2001 and is now an adult.  Jane Doe 1 called Cardosa upon finding this out, and taped the conversation using both audio and video.  She then uploaded the conversation to YouTube, where it had more than one million views.

After the video went viral, a second alleged victim came forward, claiming she has been one of Cardosa’s victims in 2009 or 2010 when she attended a Perris high school.  The YouTube video is now considered critical evidence in the case against Cardosa, and has been removed from the site. Continue reading

In March, 17-year-old Brady Township resident Brandon T. Atkins was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl who is a relative; Atkins was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone under the age of 13.

At his arraignment hearing on March 18, Atkins pleaded not guilty to the offense before Saginaw County District Judge Terry L. Clark. Atkins was placed in jail and held without bond pending his April 1 preliminary hearing.

On Monday, April 1, Atkins preliminary hearing was held before Chief District Judge M. Randall Jurrens in Saginaw County Court. Christopher Boyd, Saginaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor, said in a news article at Mlive.com that when the 5-year-old alleged victim was questioned about details ranging from where she lived to the alleged sexual assault, the response to nearly every question was that she did not remember. Prosecutors dropped the charge against Atkins.

Boyd said prosecutors determined that there was insufficient evidence to proceed to trial, and that the claims will continue to be investigated by authorities. He also added that the charges may be re-filed by the prosecutor’s office at any time.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is the most serious of all sex-related offenses, and carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 25 years when a victim is younger than 13. The maximum penalty for this offense is life in prison.

Michigan sex crime attorneys see cases involving young children on a frequent basis, and know that many times innocent people are accused of crimes they did not commit. While it is not known if any crime was actually committed in this case, children are often coerced into saying things that are not true by parents or other adults. When an individual is convicted of a sex offense, it will have a negative impact on his or her life forever.

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In December of 2012, 25-year-old Charles View was charged with 14 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree CSC against someone under the age of 13 after he allegedly sexually assaulted a Buena Vista Township girl 17 times. On Tuesday following the 12-year-old girl’s testimony, additional charges were added including one count of first-degree CSC, five counts of second-degree CSC, two counts of unlawful imprisonment, and nine counts of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. In all, View now faces 34 felony charges.

View previously lived in Buena Vista Township, where he allegedly committed the crimes against the victim during 2012. He remains in the Saginaw County Jail, where he is being held without bond. In his December arraignment, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by Saginaw County Chief District Judge M. Randall Jurrens.

Prosecutors requested the additional charges against View on Tuesday; Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank granted their request and View will now face trial on all 34 felony charges.

Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand that the charges against View are extremely serious. Without an experienced and aggressive lawyer to provide a strong and effective defense, he will likely face many years and possibly life in prison. Being convicted on sexual assault or rape charges almost inevitably results in a lifetime of punishment, as even those who serve prison time and are released are typically labeled as ‘sex offenders’ for life, and required to register with the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry.

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In September of 2012, Steven Deuman Jr. was convicted of murdering his infant daughter by orally raping her, thus choking her to death. Now, Deuman will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Gordon Quist to a mandatory life behind bars after being found guilty of murder and aggravated sexual abuse in the August 2011 death of Evelynne Deuman.

Deuman still maintains his innocence, even though his defense team requested either acquittal or a new trial, both of which were rejected by Judge Quist. Deuman says that he had gone outside to smoke a cigarette, and had left his nearly four-month-old daughter on a queen-size bed, placing blankets and pillows around her so that she would not fall from the bed. However, she did fall from the bed according to Deuman, landing on a used condom which she breathed in through her mouth, choking her.

Deuman and his family lived northwest of Traverse City on an Indian reservation. The baby’s mother, Natasha Maitland, told news reporters that she had destroyed all evidence that Deuman had ever been in her life, calling him a “coward and monster.” The American Indian reservation where Deuman and Maitland lived is held in trust by the federal government, therefore the incident was considered a federal crime.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Phil Green called the crime “horrific and contemptible,” saying that Deuman left the infant on the floor to die and did nothing to save her life.

Ljubisa Jovan Dragovic, Oakland County’s chief medical examiner, said in his testimony that he could not support that the manner of death was homicide, and that the baby would have choked if she had been orally raped, but that her airway would not have been cut off, which was why he could not accept the prosecution’s theory. He was the only witness to testify on behalf of the defense.

Michigan sex crimes lawyers agree that if this criminal offense occurred the way that prosecutors claim, it is indeed heinous and a tragedy. However, innocent individuals are accused of sex related crimes they did not commit every day in our country, leaving them facing ruined lives and loss of their freedom.

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A 64-year-old Belding, Michigan man could face charges in Michigan after being arrested in Wisconsin and charged with multiple child sex offenses. Jerry Osmolinski was arrested in Janesville, WI on July 16th, charged with use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, sexual exploitation of a child and exposing a child to harmful material, descriptions or narrations.

Following the Wisconsin arrest, Michigan State Police served a search warrant at the suspects home according to a press release issued by the MSP. Allegedly, Osmolinski traveled to Janesville on the 16th to have sex with a 13-year-old girl, whom he assumed he had been communicating with online. In fact, Osmolinski had actually been communicating with police investigators over a period of several weeks, discussing the possibility of a sexual relationship and exchanging illegal images. Osmolinski was placed in a Wisconsin jail after arriving at an address where he thought he would meet the 13-year-old, which turned out to be a fictitious address given to the suspect by detectives.

Michigan internet sex crimes defense lawyers know the tactics often used by law enforcement to “trap” individuals allegedly engaging in sex related offenses. These agencies attempt to lure individuals who are otherwise upstanding, law-abiding citizens into lurid conversations with what appear to be minors, a “trick” that can result in an innocent individual being coerced into something they never intended to get involved in.

According to news reports, Osmolinski communicated online using Yahoo Messenger. Wisconsin police shared details about the communication they had engaged in with Osmolinski to Michigan police, who then performed a search of the suspect’s home and allegedly found sufficient evidence to charge him with the sex crimes.

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A horse farmer residing in Richfield Township has been charged with allegedly sexually abusing four juveniles who were involved in a training program for girls which the accused ran at his horse farm. The 57-year-old man, Douglas Guffey, was arraigned on July 15th in Genesee District Court. Police allege that Guffey used the well-known online ad site Craigslist to lure his victims to the farm. He now faces seven counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Guffey was a trainer at Advance Farms, Inc. and advertised the farm on Craigslist as a place to mentor children. A mother of one of the victims told NBC25 that she felt uncomfortable about the farm and the accused. According to the woman, she filed a police report after Guffey placed his hands on her daughter. She also said that Guffey told her that in the past, he had been accused of abuse of a child. She said that she had blinders on, and because Guffey was a very smooth talker she ignored the red flag.

Guffey, charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and three counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct would provide teaching lessons to girls in exchange for internships, according to Richfield Township Police Lt. Tony Craig. He as owner of the farm and in a position of authority during the time the alleged abuse took place.

Craig would not offer any further comments regarding the alleged abuse due to an ongoing investigation, however police are concerned that there may be additional victims.

Michigan criminal sexual conduct attorneys know that individuals are often wrongly accused of crimes they did not commit. Generally speaking, a first-degree charge involves penetration, while second-degree charges typically involve some other form of sexual contact. Regardless of the nature or degree of the crime, it is critical that the accused speaks with a lawyer as soon as possible. Never waive your rights for a preliminary examination before consulting your attorney, and never discuss the investigation with police, as they will attempt to coerce you into saying things that may further incriminate you.

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Allegations of sex abuse are serious – not only does a person accused stand to face serious penalties, but also harm to their reputation. Recently, sex abuse accusations have surfaced that nearly 50 years ago Michigan Representative Dale Kildee, D-Flint allegedly molested his 15-year-old second cousin. Representative Kildee is currently 82-year-old
Sexual abuse is a serious crime. Where the charges involve minors, the potential punishments include some of Michigan’s harshest sex crime penalties such as prison sentences, heavy fines and registration on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. If you are under investigation for or have been charged with any sex crime, it is crucial to speak to an aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer right away to protect your reputation and begin preparing your defense.

The mother of the alleged victim accuses Representative Kildee of abusing a cousin – Patrick Kildee – starting at the time he was 12 and continuing for 5 years. The mother reported the incidents to a news station. The cousin was institutionalized twenty years ago with schizophrenia and manic depression.

At the time of the alleged offense, the statute of limitations for first-degree criminal conduct was six years. Although the time limit has since been eliminated, it is unknown whether charges will be filed. Further, because the alleged offense occurred so long ago, several are wondered why the allegations are just coming to light now. As stated by one political consultant “… if anyone wanted something to occur that was actionable, it would have occurred a long time ago.”

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