Kent County Commissioner Charged with First-Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

On Friday, November 22, Kent County Commissioner Gary Rolls was placed in jail after being charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in a case that dates back to 1994. Rolls was being held on a $500,000 bond, but bonded out on Saturday according to news reports at shutterstock_75417109.jpg

Rolls was arrested on Thursday and charged with the CSC counts in addition to tampering with evidence and using a computer to solicit another to tamper with evidence. If convicted, Rolls could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

In 2012, the alleged victim of the sexual abuse, who was Rolls’ neighbor at one time, came forward and alleged a sexual relationship with the defendant which began in 1994 when she was nine or ten years old. She alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Rolls until she was 23 years old, and that he purchased purses, jewelry, and even a “secret” vacation to Florida to keep her from telling anyone about the alleged sexual abuse. The victim reportedly told police that she was forced to have sex with Rolls when she was 17 years old; up to that time, the sexual abuse involved touching and other acts. Court records indicate the victim told police that Rolls took nude videos and photos.

Between 2000 and 2004, Rolls and the victim apparently had a credit card with both names on it, and used the card to pay for the jewelry, vacations, and other “gifts” for the victim. A copy of the woman’s credit report obtained by authorities revealed that her address and Rolls were associated on the credit account. The victim alleges that Rolls claimed to have credit problems, and needed her help; thus, the two established the credit card together.

In October of 2012, Rolls’ iPad was confiscated by police after executing a search warrant on his home. Upon examination by investigators, the iPad automatically began deleting its memory. Rolls claims he is innocent of the allegations against him.

It will be interesting to see how all of this plays out for the married father of four. Michigan sex crime attorneys know that alleged victims often make false accusations, and that innocent individuals often face criminal penalties for crimes they did not commit.

If you have been accused of any sex crime whether rape, child molestation, or possession of pornography, consult with an experienced Michigan sex crime defense lawyer at once so that your legal rights and freedom can be protected.

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