Man Charged with Sexual Assault of Elderly Grandville Woman in Home Invasion

On Thursday, June 19, Grandville police were called to the home of an elderly woman who had allegedly been sexually assaulted by a man who tricked her into letting him inside her home, where he stole money. According to, Shawn Jarrett got away with an undisclosed amount of money when he left the woman’s home on a bicycle.

Officers were called to the woman’s home in the 3700 block of Prairie Street SW at approximately 11 a.m. on the 19th. The woman told officers that the man came to her back door and used a ruse to gain entrance into her home. She claimed that she was injured by the man, although the nature of her injuries were not revealed by police.

Jarrett was formerly charged by Grandville District Court Judge Peter Versluis with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree home invasion. He denied bond for Jarrett, who protested and asked the judge how could he just tell Jarrett that he committed the crime without asking where he was at the time. Because of the seriousness of the crimes and Jarrett’s criminal background, the judge told Jarrett that he would have “plenty of time to address his case in open court at a later date.”

According to Walker police, Jarrett is also a suspect in the murder of a 40-year-old woman who was found dead in late May at a construction site. He also served 30 years in prison in Pennsylvania, a portion of that time for felony murder.

First-degree home invasion is very serious offense, leaving the defendant to face up to 20 years in prison if found guilty, along with substantial fines. In addition, this time may be served following any sentence given for the underlying crime, such as larceny. While any serious or violent crime requires the legal support of a skilled defense attorney, first-degree criminal sexual conduct is a charge that leaves the accused facing up to life in prison if convicted.

First-degree CSC involves penetration, and is a highly serious charge. While rape and other sex crimes do happen every day in our country, there are also many people who are wrongly accused of these types of crimes. While it is not likely in this case, there are many people who out of rage or spite will accuse others of rape or some other form of sexual abuse.

Regardless of the circumstances, it is critical that anyone who has been arrested or charged with a sex offense consult with an aggressive and experienced Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. Without a capable lawyer on your side, the outcome will not likely be positive.

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