DNA exonerates Sterling Heights sexual assault suspect

A Sterling Heights man has been exonerated on charges of sexual assault after DNA evidence recovered at the scene failed to match his.

According to C&Gnews.com, prosecutors dismissed three charges of criminal sexual assault and one count of unlawful imprisonment against Ricky Seggie, 25, after they determined they had falsely charged the wrong man.

Unfortunately, many criminal sexual conduct cases are charged and prosecuted, with the potential for serious, life-long consequences such as jail time, probation, and placement of your name on the sex crimes registry, despite a lack of credible evidence.

In Ricky Seggie’s matter, Seggie was wrongfully accused and arrested after attempting to assist the assault victim. He had heard screams from the alleged scene of the crime, nearby Dodge Park and 16 ½ mile on July 17, 2009 and came out of his house to see if he could help. Seggie then saw the suspect back his car into a tree and then flee the scene. After giving the police a description, investigators then became suspicious of Seggie because of his physical similarities to the suspect and placed Seggie in a line-up. The victim then identified Seggie as the perpetrator.

Although DNA evidence was collected at the crime scene, significant backlogs at the Michigan State Police Crime Lab delayed release of the results. After a second man, Christian Phillip Margosian, was arrested in December for aggravated indecent exposure, DNA samples were collected and compared to the DNA from the July incident, ultimately implicating Margosian. These results were released in March, and charges were dropped against Seggie.

Despite the charges being dismissed, the Macomb County court still retains Seggie’s fingerprints and photographs. Sadly, he has legal little recourse against the system that falsely imprisoned him and charged him with criminal sexual assault.

Because of the potential for serious lifelong consequences resulting from criminal sexual conduct charges, it’s crucial to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the importance of forensic analysis, including DNA analysis. Please contact Grabel & Associates, Michigan’s premier sex crimes defense firm, if you or a loved one has been charged with criminal sexual conduct.

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