On Friday March 15, an investigation began into the alleged sexual assault of one student by two other students at the Ewen-Trout Creek Schools. No names have been released pending the suspects’ arraignment, however the two students have been arrested.
After being alerted to criminal sexual conduct taking place on school grounds, school personnel contacted Michigan State Police asking that an investigation into the allegations be performed. Police from the Wakefield Post/Ewen Detachment began looking into the accusation, and discovered that the victim had been assaulted in two separate incidents on school grounds. Both suspects were arrested on Monday March 18, and were charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct according to ABC 10.
If convicted, the two students will face a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Criminal sexual conduct is a serious criminal offense; not only do those who are convicted face jail/prison time, they may also be subject to fines, and required to register as a sex offender for many years, sometimes even life. Being labeled a sex offender is perhaps the worst penalty of all, as it impairs an individual’s ability to find employment, and impacts other areas of their lives such as where they can live. The stigma of being a sex offender will follow the individual throughout his or her life, wherever he or she may go.
Unfortunately, as all Michigan sex crime lawyers know, many individuals are falsely accused of crimes they did not commit. Sometimes innocent people are accused by others who are angry, jealous, or trying to ‘get revenge’ for one reason or another. Children are often coerced into saying things that are not true. This means that many innocent individuals are sitting behind bars today, paying for a crime they had no involvement in. In the situation described above, the two suspects are undoubtedly very young; their futures may be ruined forever if convicted.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for sexual assault, rape, internet sex crimes, criminal sexual conduct or any serious sex-related offense, do not hesitate before contacting a seasoned Michigan sex crime attorney.