On Monday April 15, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by two men as she was walking in the area of Textile Road and Cary Drive in Ypsilanti Township, according to Sgt. Geoffrey Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged attack took place between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.
The woman said that two men approached her as she was walking in the area, then sexually assaulted her. Deputies are still in search of the two men, and now a sketch of one of the men has been made public to assist in the search. One of the suspects is described as having a light complexion with a medium build and about 5′ 6″ in height. The second suspect was described as having a dark complexion, perhaps a black man; he is believed to be in his 20’s. He is said to be thin and approximately 6 feet tall.
Deputies said that prior to the sexual assault, a man was in the area who was walking a dog; this man spoke to the woman before the sexual attack occurred, although he is not considered a suspect. Deputies want to talk to this individual, although news reports do not indicate whether they have located him yet.
While the news article does not go into detail about what occurred in the alleged attack, Michigan sex crime lawyers know that any individual who is accused of sexual assault or any sex-related offense face serious and often life-changing consequences. The potential penalties depending on the seriousness of the charge include up to life in prison; even those who spend minimal time in jail/prison will likely be required to register as a sex offender, which negatively impacts an individual’s ability to secure employment, where they may choose to live, and more. Sex offenders are often shunned by the communities in which they live; the stigma will follow you for life.
If you have been arrested for or charged with any sex-related offense, consult with a capable and aggressive Michigan sex crime attorney immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom. Until proven guilty, you are innocent; your attorney will provide you with a strong, effective defense in order to minimize the damage and obtain the best possible outcome.