On January 28, 23-year-old Jordan Tyler White was bound over to Genesee Circuit Court for trial following allegations that he engaged in an improper sexual relationship with a student. The female victim is 16 years old, according to news reports at Mlive.com. White was a janitor at the high school; his employment has since been terminated.
An anonymous tip led authorities to investigate White, who prosecutors accuse of using his position at the school to engage in a sexual relationship with the student. In total, White faces 11 charges including child sexual abusive activity, using a computer to commit a crime, and multiple counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Frank Manley, the defendant’s attorney, said that evidence and testimony in the case supports the fact that the alleged victim actually attempted to initiate the relationship.
According to court records the sexual activity occurred between November 13 of last year and January 1. White is alleged to have enticed the female student into sexually abusive activity in an effort to produce material with is sexually abusive. He is also accused of providing material which is sexually explicit to the alleged victim.
In Michigan, the age of sexual consent is 16. White’s attorney said that while the situation “may not be ideal, it’s not illegal.” White is currently being held on a $1.9 million cash or surety bond. As of news reports, no further court date had been scheduled.
Michigan Penal Code 750.520d dictates that an individual may be found guilty of third-degree CSC when the alleged victim is 16 or older but younger than 18, and the person accused is an employee or service provider of the school or district. While White was not employed directly by the school district, he was employed as a contractor and was therefore a service provider.
If convicted, White will face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, it is urgent you seek the legal guidance and support of a skilled Michigan sex crime defense attorney. The criminal penalties for those convicted of rape, sexual assault, or engaging in sexual behavior with a student or someone who is underage are extremely severe. Take action immediately in order to reach the best possible results.