Last week, 50-year-old Robert Stumpmier, owner of a southeastern Michigan music store, was charged with sexually assaulting two teenage boys who are now 15 and 16 years old, according to news reports at CBS Detroit. A former employee of the music store, 21-year-old Nathaniel Rumbarger, is also charged in connection with the sexual assaults. Stumpmier is a resident of South Rockwood; he is jailed on the charges pending a scheduled court appearance on March 3.
Stumpmier owns Power Play Music, and is also a founding member of a 4-H music club. Authorities say he used his leadership position and authority to coerce the teenage boys into engaging in sexual activity beginning in 2012, when one of the victims was 14 years old. The alleged assaults occurred at the music store and during a trip out of the state.
According to investigators, Stumpmier “groomed” the behavior of the victims for months before the sexual assault began. Police Detective J.D. Wall said that investigators are still working to determine whether there may be additional victims.
Stumpmier is facing multiple charges which include third-degree criminal sexual conduct and accosting and soliciting a minor for immoral purposes. Rumbarger is free on bond, and is also charged with third-degree CSC.
Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a very serious charge and involves penetration accompanied by a variety of other factors, including when victims are between 13 and 16 years old. Criminal penalties for those convicted are harsh, and include a maximum of 15 years in prison. However, other factors may affect the punishment an individual faces, including whether that person has been convicted of a sex offense in the past.
Those convicted of many sex crimes may also be required to register as a sex offender, one of the worst punishments of all considering the impact it has on the defendant’s reputation and life. Sex offenders must notify authorities every time they move or change jobs; securing employment also becomes difficult. In addition, anyone who wishes to can access information on Michigan’s sex offender registry website.
If you have been accused of a sex-related offense, do not hesitate before contacting an experienced and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney who will work to prevent a conviction and protect your freedom.