On Thursday July 11, Jackson County Circuit Judge Thomas Wilson sentenced William Lindemeyer to 14 to 30 years in prison after the defendant pleaded no contest to third-degree criminal sexual conduct in May. Lindemeyer allegedly sexually assaulted a girl who was 9 years old at the time, forcing himself on the victim 20 to 40 times according to a news article at Mlive.com.
In June of 2012, Lindemeyer was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, however prosecutors dropped the charges when the defendant pleaded no contest. Because of this, the alleged victim did not have to testify.
Apparently Lindemeyer lived with the young girl and her mother, who has since had her parental rights terminated. In April of 2012, a complaint was received by Children’s Protective Services regarding the alleged sexual assault.
News reports also claim that the young girl contracted the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia, although Lindemeyer’s attorney argued that the disease was transmitted to the girl by someone else. Court records do indicate that a second man who is now in prison for CSC in a separate case also sexually assaulted the girl. An aunt is now in charge of caring for the girl and her 12-year-old brother.
The children’s father allegedly physically abused and tortured the children, losing parental rights long ago. Court records indicate that the girl’s mother was aware of the sexual abuse inflicted by Lindemeyer, but was afraid of him and therefore did not report the abuse to law enforcement.
Michigan sex crime attorneys are fully aware that there are individuals who are literally monsters and who do horrible things to children. However, there are many cases in which innocent people are accused of doing unthinkable things to others, often charged with serious crimes they did not commit.
If you have been accused of rape, sexual assault, child molestation, or any serious criminal offense, contact a highly skilled and qualified Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately. It is critical that you take action right away, so that your attorney can begin investigating the charge and planning the best course of legal action if necessary.