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Currently in the state of Michigan there are four degrees of CSC, or criminal sexual conduct, which a person who allegedly commits a sex-related crime may be charged with depending on various factors. These include first-, second-, third-, and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, with first-degree the most serious of all and leaving the defendant potentially facing life in prison if convicted. justice

Some Michigan lawmakers, including Representative Holly Hughes, are looking to change state law in an effort to not only protect children and families from sex offenses, but also to secure justice for victims who were allegedly sexually abused in the past, some decades ago. If a new bill sponsored by Hughes passes, it will result in additional prosecution of individuals who are allegedly sexual predators.

In 2001 the statute of limitations was eliminated by the legislature, however Hughes wants to make the law retroactive which would mean those who claim to have been sexually abused prior to that time could bring criminal charges against an alleged offender, even if the alleged crime took place decades ago. In essence, someone who claims to have been raped in 1970 could work with prosecutors to bring criminal charges nearly 50 years after the fact. If convicted, the offender could face a life prison term.

Recently it was reported that Grant Perry, a wide receiver for the University of Michigan football teamiStock_000011098721_Full-2-300x200 from Royal Oak was arrested after allegedly touching a woman in an inappropriate manner as Perry and the woman were in line waiting to enter an East Lansing bar.  The incident reportedly occurred on October 15.  Perry, who is 19 years old, was charged with a single count of underage drinking, two counts of criminal sexual conduct, and one count of assaulting, battering, resisting or obstructing an officer.

December 29th news reports reveal Perry denied that he sexually assault the woman.  The incident took place at a bar and restaurant locating in East Lansing, Lou & Harry’s, where witnesses said Perry and two other men tried to cut in line while approximately 20 or 25 others waited outside of the establishment.  One officer reported that after requesting Perry’s identification, he fumbled through his wallet and attempted to run away before he was apprehended and arrested by another officer.
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Michigan criminal defense attorneys know that individuals found guilty of sex crimes involving children face extremely serious consequences. Recently, 35-year-old Kevin M. Lambert of Ypsilanti was sentenced to up to 70 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 4-year-old girl who was in his care, according to news reports. Michigan Department of Corrections Struggles With Budget Challenges Pic

In October of last year, Lambert was charged in federal court for producing, distributing, receipt, and possession of child pornography. An undercover federal agent discovered that several videos and images of a young female child were displayed in a chat room, posted by a user with screen name Akyle679, and that the user insinuated the young girl was a child who was in his care. After discovering that the screen name belonged to Lambert on the Kik messaging app, agents began surveilling Lambert’s home. He was taken into federal custody and indicted on the charges.

The incidents took place between April and October of last year; all child pornography cases are handled at the federal level. On July 14, Lambert was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison by U.S. Eastern District Court Judge Nancy Edmunds on the producing, distributing, and possessing charges. An incident in June 2015 led to charges on six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which Lambert pleaded guilty to. These charges resulted in the 70-year sentence handed down on July 20. Lambert will serve the 40-year and 40 to 70 year sentences concurrently.

According to Branch County Circuit Court Judge Boll O’Grady who made his 2015 annual report branch county and coldwater, mibefore the Branch County Commission recently regarding criminal cases in Coldwater, MI, cases involving criminal sexual conduct have increased significantly while the total number of criminal cases remain steady.  Heroin cases have also increased, according to the judge.

In the state of Michigan, criminal sexual conduct (CSC) is any type of sexual assault and varies in degree.  The most serious criminal charge is first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which involves penetration.  The degrees of CSC include first-, second-, third-, and fourth-degree.  Depending on degree and the circumstances of the case, a conviction may result in life in state prison or life in prison without parole for the most serious offenders, to two years in state prison for offenders considered less dangerous.  Those convicted also face sex offender registration and other sanctions.  Essentially, in Michigan a CSC charge can be more serious than homicide as the penalties are extremely harsh.
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On February 1 it was announced Toronto police had arrested a man wanted in connection with what was called an alleged “historic” sex assault. 41-year-old Ryan McCombe, a tutor, is accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls who came to his home on various occasions between 2008 and 2014. iStock_000022895015_Full-2-300x200

According to news reports, a 13-year-old girl went to a residence for math tutoring in 2008; she claims she was sexually assaulted by McCombe between June and September of that year. In a separate case, a 16-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by McCombe between September of 2012 and October of 2014 when she went to the residence for tutoring.

McCombe was charged in the 2008 case early last month; the second incident was revealed only recently, and police believe there may be other victims as well. While none of the allegations have been proven in court, he now faces criminal charges including sexual exploitation, possessing child pornography, manufacturing child pornography, and two counts of sexual assault.

Recently, a 26-year-old Brockton man was indicted on child rape charges by a Grand Jury in Superior Court. According to news reports, Nicholas D. Johnson is a West Bridgewater cheerleading coach who allegedly raped a female student who is 14 years old at his Brockton apartment. iStock_000011602905_Large (2)

Reports claim Johnson met the student at the Full House All Star Cheer Gym, where he was a cheerleading instructor. Brockton Police Lt. Kenneth LeGrice said that Johnson drove the girl from the gym to his apartment in early October, where he raped her. Prosecutors in the case say Johnson was fired from the studio the week he was arrested. He now faces charges of enticement of a child under the age of 16, aggravated rape of a child, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

LeGrice also said that the girl had sent illicit photos of herself to Johnson using a cell phone. After telling a friend about the incident, police were notified. According to the alleged victim, she was raped one time. Johnson pleaded not guilty at his October 19 arraignment, and as of December 1 remained incarcerated on a $50,000 bail.

On Tuesday, September 29, a Lubbock, TX man was indicted in an aggravated assault case involving a woman he allegedly abducted on September 9. Tony Price, 59, is accused of sexually assaulting the 59-year-old woman on three occasions in his apartment. He is charged with three counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault, according to news reports. iStock_000011602905_Large (2)

Price allegedly struck the woman and forced her to perform sexual acts. The next day, the victim convinced Price to take her to pay her electric bill at the Lubbock Power & Light office. While inside the office, the woman got the attention of an off-duty police officer and let him know she needed help. Price fled the scene, and was arrested six days later on September 15. He remains in the Lubbock County Detention Center on a bond of $25,000.

The victim claims that Price kept her against her will, then threatened, beat, and raped her.

On Tuesday, September 22 it was announced that 61-year-old Dr. Farooq Rehman, a neurologist in Old Bridge, NJ, had been charged with the alleged sexual assault of a female patient. Rehman resides in Colts Neck. Famous Criminal Law Cases in U.S. History Pic

According to news reports at CBS and My Central Jersey, Rehman is accused of sexually assaulting a patient in his office during examinations by improperly touching the victim, a 37-year-old woman whose name was not released. The woman alleges this activity occurred during visits to the doctor’s office between August 26 and September 9 of this year, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office.

Investigators with the Old Bridge Police Dept. began investigating the case after the alleged victim contact police. Rehman has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual contact, and was held on a $100,000 bail at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center at last report.

Recently, Craig McCord and his wife Virginia McCord were arrested in the alleged sexual battery of a 13-year-old girl who was spending the night at the couple’s Murfreesboro, TN home according to a news report at WGNS Radio. man in hand cuffs

Craig McCord is a registered sex offender; his 37-year-old wife is a substitute teacher, and was arrested due to the fact that she failed to report child sex abuse, according to a police report.

Although the victim’s name was withheld due to her young age, she reportedly spent the night at the McCord’s home the night the alleged abuse took place. A police report written by Detective Tommy Roberts stated the victim was not related to the McCords. She was spending the night at their home when she was allegedly awakened by Craig McCord touching her between her legs. She reportedly told Virginia McCord about the incident before making a telephone call to her grandfather requesting that he pick her up.

Last week, 23-year-old Aurelio Hernandez-Gomez was jailed on charges of criminal sexual conduct in connection with a 13-year-old girl who had been missing out of Florida.  On Friday, July 10, Hernandez-Gomez was arraigned on charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct; he also has felony arrest warrants out of Florida for interference with child custody and kidnapping.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies investigated a residence in Hartford Township and being contacted by Polk County authorities seeking their assistance in the case of the missing girl.  Authorities believed she was with Hernandez-Gomez, which turned out to be the case.  When deputies searched the residence along with the Pokagon Tribal and Cover Township police departments, the girl and suspect were found hiding.  After investigating further, deputies determined that the girl had been sexually assaulted by the suspect.
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