Travis Applewhite, a 27-year-old Ypsilanti Township man, recently waived his right to a preliminary hearing in a case involving alleged criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13 in the second-degree. At his May 30 court appearance before Judge Richard Conlin for a preliminary examination of the evidence against him, Applewhite stood mute and requested a plea of not guilty be entered by the court on his behalf.
Applewhite was arrested and charged with second-degree CSC on May 7 following an alleged assault which was reported to have taken place in March of this year at an Ann Arbor residence, according to a news article at AnnArbor.com. The defendant told Magistrate Thomas Truesdell at the time of his arrest that there were no other criminal charges pending against him, and that he had never been convicted of a felony offense.
Applewhite’s bond was set at 10 percent of $5,000, although he remains at the Washtenaw County Jail. A pre-trial hearing has been scheduled for June 12 before circuit court Judge Archie Brown.
If convicted, Applewhite could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
Michigan sex criminal defense lawyers know that the potential consequences for anyone accused of a sex-related offense are serious and often life-changing. Not only may an individual face a lengthy prison sentence, he or she may also be required to register as a sex offender. Registered sex offenders are often shunned by society; obtaining employment or even housing can be difficult. Individuals convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct may find themselves facing 15 years behind bars, and a lifetime of electronic monitoring.
If you have been arrested on suspicion of rape, possession of child pornography, sexual assault or any related offense, do not hesitate before contacting an aggressive and experienced Michigan sex crimes attorney. Your future, reputation, and freedom are in jeopardy; you must secure legal guidance at once.