In October of 2011, Robert Carl Kahler of Canton was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct after it was alleged that he had inappropriate contact with a child belonging to a family friend. Kahler was held on a $150,000 cash bond in the Wayne County Jail at that time.
At his arraignment, Kahler was charged with one count of first-degree CSC, and one count of second-degree CSC. First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony crime which is punishable by life imprisonment; individuals convicted of second-degree CSC may face up to 15 years in prison.
October 2011 news reports stated that The Canton Public Safety Department did not disclose the age of the alleged victim. It was announced on Monday, December 10, that Kahler will face trial for the charges against him on February 25 of 2013. Allegedly, Kahler sexually assaulted the neighborhood girl for a period of three years, beginning when the girl was 7 years old. According to investigators, the girl lived in the same neighborhood as Kahler at the time; she and her relatives reportedly knew him at the time.
Sex crimes involving children are extremely serious, and leave those accused facing years or even life behind bars if convicted. Individuals may be convicted on charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree if sexual penetration occurred, and other circumstances were met such as the victim being younger than 13 years of age. It is urgent that those accused of such a crime consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer right away in order to protect your freedom and reputation.
A lifetime in prison is forever; there are times when innocent individuals serve time for crimes they did not commit. Whether guilty or innocent, it is to the accused individual’s advantage to have a capable and dedicated Michigan sex crime defense attorney who will work diligently to help you avoid harsh and possibly life-changing consequences.