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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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In November of 2013, 49-year-old Francis Mallo of Loudon, TN was charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the alleged sexual assault of a female victim younger than 13 in Osceola Township. Personal Safety Guides Protect Yourself Against Sex Crimes Pic

According to news reports at Up North Live, Loudon turned himself in after driving from his home in Tennessee to Osceola County. The alleged sexual assaults occurred between 1990 and 1992; investigators began digging for information and evidence after receiving a tip regarding the alleged sexual assaults in 2013, and interviewed the victim (who would be in her 30s) at that time. They then contacted Mallo, who drove from Tennessee.

In 2014, Mallo went on trial on multiple sex crime charges in Osceola County, however a mistrial was declared after the jury became deadlocked. On May 26th of this year, Mallo was retried on the five charges of first-degree CSC involving someone under the age of 13. The court had set aside eight days for the trial; on June 3rd, after two days of deliberations, the jury found Mallo not guilty. The woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted as a minor lived at Mallo’s foster home in Osceola County at the time.

The case of a Grand Rapids woman who was a Catholic high school tutor convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old student is scheduled to be featured on Dateline NBC on Thursday, June 4 according to a news article at Mlive.com. The tutor, 35-year-old Abigail Simon, was found guilty on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one charge of accosting a minor for immoral purposes in November of last year.  apple-on-the-desk-1428611-m

According to news reports, Simon provided the victim with a key to her Grand Rapids apartment, where several of the sexual encounters are said to have occurred. The evidence against Simon at trial included more than 1,000 text messages between herself, the student, and friends. In some of the text messages Simon said she wanted to have children with the boy; she also professed her love for the young boy.

Simon’s attorney employed a defense strategy in which the victim was accused of raping and controlling Simon, which would have absolved her of criminal responsibility for the sexual activity, however the defense strategy failed. Simon was sentenced to 8 to 25 years in prison after being found guilty.

In November of last year, 26-year-old Adam J. Walker pleaded no contest to three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct against someone age 13 through 15, according to a news article at Mlive.com. Walker was initially charged with three counts of first-degree CSC during the commission of a felony; he was also charged with two other felonies related to injuries his grandmother suffered when he attempted to steal her vehicle. Those charges were also dropped by prosecutors in exchange for the plea.11637793_s

As Walker sat in jail following the incident in which his grandmother’s foot was broken as he stole his grandparents’ vehicle, prosecutors charged Walker with three counts of first-degree CSC during the commission of a felony, one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. The warrant alleged that the victim was 13 years old, and that Walker delivered a controlled substance although news reports do not reveal what the drug was.

Walker claimed at his May 2014 arraignment hearing that he did not know anyone with the last name listed on the warrant, which is the name used to identify the alleged victim. He also stressed at his arraignment the fact that he was married.

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