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Felony sex charges filed against Lansing man

Lansing's River Trail is a popular biking route for young and old alike and stretches from Jolly Road to Old Town. It was along the bike path on a Sunday afternoon that a woman paused to take a rest and sit on one of the benches. Another biker joined her -- not an uncommon event among veteran bikers.

According to news sources, the woman claimed that something began to feel uncomfortable and she got on her bike to pedal away. It was at that time she claims that she was jumped by her fellow biker.

A 49-year-old Lansing man has since been arrested and charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.

The alleged criminal sexual conduct occurred on the trail near Beech Street and Elm Street. The description the female biker gave was fairly detailed. She said her attacker had shoulder length gray hair, square glasses, was thin and about six feet tall and had a small tattoo on his right forearm. The news report did not mention how the woman escaped the man she said touched her inappropriately.

A police officer may have been surprised when a biker matching the description was exiting the same trail at 3:00 the following afternoon. The officer alerted the proper authorities who arrived on the scene and an arrest was made.

The news report did not mention whether or not the female biker identified the man in a line up or if there was any other evidence linking the man to the female biker, other than the woman's description.

The 49-year-old reportedly spent 13 years in prison previously for criminal sexual conduct involving a minor. He was released last November. As a potential repeat sex crime offender, the 49-year-old will need aggressive legal representation if he is to stay out of jail.

Source: WILX, "River Trail Assault Suspect Charged," Tim Gillette, May 22, 2012

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