Grand Rapids news reports that Chad Curtis, the former major league baseball player for the Detroit Tigers has been charged with one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts on second-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Curtis also played for the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers. He is alleged of molesting two girls at Lakewood High School while he worked there as a volunteer coach.
This past week, Barry County District Judge Michael Shipper ruled that Curtis should stand trial in the teen sex abuse case.
All criminal sexual conduct charges are serious and considered felonies under Michigan law.
Criminal Sexual Conduct is a generic term that refers to a group of sexual crimes, including rape, statutory rape, and child molestation, that are categorized into four degrees:
• MCL 750.520b First Degree CSC: Criminal sexual conduct first degree involves some sort of penetration of the alleged victim and another variable including: ” The actor is an employee or a contractual service provider of the public school, nonpublic school, school district, or intermediate school district in which that other person is enrolled, or is a volunteer who is not a student in any public school or nonpublic school”
• MCL 750.520c Second Degree CSC: Criminal sexual conduct second degree involves touching of a sexual nature of an intimate body part without some form of penetration and one of more of the variables described in the statue.
• MCL 750.520d. Third Degree CSC: Criminal sexual conduct third degree is sometimes referred to by the lay person as statutory rape and involves some sort of penetration of the alleged victim and with one of more of the variables described in the statue
• MCL 750.520e Fourth Degree CSC: Criminal sexual conduct fourth degree involves touching of a sexual nature of an intimate body part without some form of penetration, with one of more of the variables described in the statue
If you are under investigation for or have been charged with any Michigan criminal sexual conduct, seek the advice of a skilled Michigan criminal sexual conduct defense lawyer right away. All sex crimes charges are serious and have the potential to seriously affect your future and your freedom. A conviction of nearly all Michigan sex crimes will require that you register your name on the sex crimes registry. Registration may affect your ability to find a job, live where you want or even go to the college of your choosing.
Here, the charges are based on Curtis’ alleged touching a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old girl during sports therapy activities while he worked as a volunteer strength trainer in the school’s weight room. Prosecutors allege that Curtis used the guise of “rehab” to assault the girls however, Curtis denies any wrongdoing.
For more information about criminal sexual conduct or if you have been charged with any Michigan sex crime, contact the top Michigan sex crime defense firm of Grabel & Associates for an immediate free consultation.