In July, 23-year-old Adrian Ledesma was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old student from the Bloomingdale High School where he was employed as a junior varsity basketball coach. Ledesma’s cousin, Jaime Ledesma II, was also accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with the girl. Both men were charged in the incident.
Adrian Ledesma was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree CSC. Jaime Ledesma faces one count each of first-, third-, and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The two men were arraigned on the charges in Allegan County District Court on Thursday, July 11.
Michigan State Police First Lieutenant Dale Hinz said in a news article at Mlive.com that Adrian Ledesma had sent text messages of a sexual nature to the victim over a two to three month time span. While both men are alleged to have had a sexual relationship with the girl, Hinz stated that none of the incidents took place at or near schools in the area.
A preliminary exam was originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, however Adrian and Jaime Ledesma have had the hearing rescheduled for August 27. The preliminary exam is a hearing in which a judge will examine the evidence to decide whether it is sufficient to bind the men over to circuit court for trial.
Michigan sex crime lawyers know these are very serious charges. When someone is convicted on charges of first-degree CSC, he or she may face up to life in prison. Even when the defendant is sentenced to a specific number of years, being labeled a sex offender will negatively affect that person’s life forever.
Whether you have already been arrested and charged with a sex-related offense or are under investigation, do not hesitate before contacting a skilled Michigan sex crime attorney. An aggressive lawyer will work vigorously to protect you from serious criminal penalties, working to achieve the best possible outcome for your individual circumstances.