Our Lansing readers may have read in previous posts that a criminal charge is often made much worse when there are extenuating circumstances. Drunk driving is made worse when it involves a car accident with injuries. A robbery is made worse when it is armed robbery. And a sex crime is made worse when there are previous sex crime convictions or when one is a registered sex offender.
Recently it was reported that a 30-year-old already Lansing man has been charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, indecent exposure and accosting children for immoral purposes. Because he has a previous sex crime conviction for which he served 10 years, his new charges could result in a charge of being sexually delinquent, which is punishable by life in prison.
Clearly these are serious charges. There has been a string of allegations against the man.
- In March he allegedly attempted to sexually assault a boy in a church bathroom.
- In May he was accused of an attempted sexual assault of a girl in a parking garage.
- In July he is supposedly exposed himself to two girls in a library stairwell and touched one of the girls in an inappropriate manner.
The 30-year-old waived preliminary examination which means he will go to trial. He spent 10 years in jail on earlier charges so one can assume that he must be aware of what he is facing if he is convicted of these new charges.
Source: mLIVE, "Lansing sex offender heading toward trial on sexual assault, other charges," Brandon Howell, Oct. 19, 2012
- At our Lansing law firm, we represent clients charged with felonies or misdemeanors including sex crimes such as the alleged assaults mentioned in this post.