Last week, 40-year-old Craig Raymond Ford of Lansing was arraigned on various charges after allegedly driving a woman from Lansing to Alaiedon where he reportedly raped her. Ford was arraigned on Friday, December 7 on charges including kidnapping, felonious assault and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
News reports state that a weapon is involved in the criminal sexual conduct count. He requested a court-appointed lawyer at his arraignment on Friday according to The Lansing State Journal, and is being held at the Ingham Count Jail without bond.
The alleged victim called 911 just before 4 a.m. on December 5 according to an Ingham Count Sheriff’s Office news release, which stated that she told deputies she was picked up in Lansing by Ford, who then drove her to Alaiedon Township near the area of Hagadorn and Harper roads, where he allegedly raped her. The woman then ran to a nearby home; officials said that sheriff’s deputies along with assistance from Lansing police led to an arrest within 30 minutes.
The victim was released from Sparrow Hospital after being treated for injuries. Ford’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 20 in the 55th District Court. This hearing will determine if there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.
Ford could be facing up to life in prison and a fine of up to $50,000 on the kidnapping charge alone, if found guilty. Those accused who meet certain conditions such as engaging in criminal sexual penetration face the harshest of penalties. Michigan sex crime attorneys also know the seriousness of being convicted on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and how it will have life-changing consequences.
While it is not known if the woman knew Ford, innocent people are often falsely accused of crimes like these, sometimes out of anger or revenge. If you have been arrested for rape or any offense that is sexual in nature, consult with a highly regarded Michigan sex crime defense lawyer immediately. It is critical that you seek legal counsel; your attorney will work to provide you with the best possible defense and to protect your legal rights and freedom.