According to Branch County Circuit Court Judge Boll O’Grady who made his 2015 annual report before 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.