Wayne Makela, a 27-year-old Hobart resident who is a teacher at a Lutheran school in Green Bay, WI was recently arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a teenage boy, according to Fox 11. The victim is a 13-year-old student at the school whose parent discovered the boy was receiving inappropriate text messages from the Makela, who is also a youth leader, counselor, and coach at Pilgrim Lutheran Church School. The suspect was arrested on July 2.
According to investigators, Makela way preying on the teenage student to entice the boy to have sexual relations with him. An attorney for the state commented that they do have a confession with Makela admitting to the accusations. Investigators also claim that the teacher and student have engaged in sexual contact on several occasions, one of them being at the school.
News reports state that it is not clear when the sexual assaults of the boy started, and that Makela had known him since third grade. A married father of one child, the defendant is charged with six felony counts including child enticement and sexual assault of a child. He is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.
In Michigan, anyone found guilty of sexually assaulting a child that involves penetration may face penalties which include up to life in prison. Child enticement is another serious charge, and involves attempting to lure a child to participate in activity that is sexual in nature. The punishment for this crime for a first-time offender is up to four years in prison along with fines of up to $4,000.
Sex crimes are some of the most serious not only in Michigan, but across the U.S. Criminal penalties vary from state to state, and Michigan has some of the toughest in the nation. First-degree criminal sexual conduct, the most serious sex crime of all, carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, the same sentence given for those convicted of first-degree murder.
If you have been accused of sexually assaulting a child, rape, child pornography, or any related offense, it is vital that you consult with an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. Your freedom and future may depend on it.