A Pontiac girl who claimed she had sex with a 23-year-old man is believed to have been raped by a convicted sex offender. The girl, who is 13 years old, told her mother that she had sex with the man several times, the most recent incident occurring about one month ago. When the girl’s mother discovered the situation, she reported it to Oakland County sheriff’s deputies.
After receiving the call from the girl’s mother, deputies went to the suspect’s home. Deputies learned that the suspect is a convicted sex offender and that there were outstanding warrants against him for failing to register as a sex offender and felony probation violation. News reports at MLive state that reporters attempted to contact the Sheriff’s Department to inquire why the suspect had not already been taken into custody for the outstanding warrants, but failed to get a response at that time.
The suspect’s name was not revealed in reports, however he was arrested for suspected first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Michigan sex crimes lawyers know that individuals arrested and subsequently convicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct face serious criminal penalties. This is the most serious of all criminal sex offenses, with individuals who are convicted facing possible life in prison. Additionally, a sex offender who fails to register is guilty of a felony offense that is punishable by up to four years in prison and/or fines of up to $2,000.
When someone is charged with any sex crime it must be taken seriously; all crimes of this nature are punished harshly in the state of Michigan. However, you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and you must seek an aggressive, experienced Michigan sex crimes defense attorney who will work vigorously to protect you from harsh criminal penalties.