On March 28 of this year, 58-year-old Andrew M. Howell, a longtime substitute teacher at Farmington Public Schools, was charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with an incident involving a 7-year-old student. A preliminary exam was scheduled for April 17 in 47th District Court before Judge Marla Parker.
Howell, a resident of Farmington Hills, allegedly touched the child inappropriately on March 19 as he was substituting. According to a news article at C & G News, Howell picked up the girl to put her on his lap, and in the process placed his hands between her legs or on her bottom. Howell’s defense attorney, Mitch Ribitwer, said in news reports that he had not seen the entire discovery.
At his March 29 arraignment hearing before Judge James Brady, Howell was given a $1 million cash or surety bond; because the defendant allegedly admitted his sexual feelings toward minors to police, a reduction in his bond amount was denied.
Howell has been a substitute teacher for more than 25 years according to a news article at Mlive.com. If convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, he could face up to 15 years in prison. He may also be subject to lifetime monitoring with a GPS tether, and required to register as a sex offender for life.
Michigan sex criminal defense attorneys know that an individual may be charged with second-degree CSC if he or she engages in sexual contact with a person who is younger than 13 under Michigan’s Penal Code 750.520c. There are also many other factors which may lead to charges of criminal sexual conduct 2nd degree. The penalties are severe, and unfortunately many innocent people sit behind prison bars today for crimes they did not commit.
If you or a loved one have been arrested or charged with any sex-related crime, do not leave your future and freedom to chance. A conviction will leave you facing a lifetime of hardship, not the least of which is the loss of your freedom and reputation. Contact a skilled and aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer immediately.