A registered sex offender was arraigned this week on charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old boy who had been classified as a runaway. The 52-year-old from Lansing, Michigan, is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Ingham County Jail as a result of the alleged sex crimes. Authorities allege the assaults occurred as early as June, when the boy was 12 years old.
The man lives with his mother and two sisters in the boy's neighborhood. The boy had left home on Dec. 8 to go to school, but he never made it there, according to police. He was next seen four days later riding his bicycle around downtown Lansing, Michigan.
When he was found earlier this week, the boy told authorities he had been staying at the man's home. Police had classified him as a runaway after he failed to show up for school and had not been seen for several days. The man has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual conduct, as well as two counts in the second degree and one count in the third degree. He could face up to a life sentence if he is convicted of the charges.
The man has been listed on the Michigan sex offender registry for 17 years. He pleaded guilty to child sexual assault charges twice before, in 1989 and in 2002. He was sentenced to prison each of those times.
Child sexual assault charges are taken extremely seriously in Michigan, as they are everywhere. People who find themselves subjected to similar charges often consult with an experienced attorney to ensure that their rights are protected as they fight these serious allegations.
Source: Lansing State Journal, "Lansing sex offender charged with sexually assaulting missing teen," Kevin Grasha, Jan. 11, 2011