When a person is accused of or charged with more than one crime, it is not unusual for that person to bargain with the prosecution for reduced charges or a lighter sentence in exchange for some degree of admission of guilt. Which charges are dropped and which are pled guilty to may not always be a question of guilt or innocence, but of the amount and type of evidence connected to each charge.
Recently it was reported that a Grand Ledge Catholic school teacher plead guilty to one charge and another unrelated charge was dropped. The charge with perhaps more serious consequences is the one that was dropped.
The 40-year-old Lansing man pleaded guilty to domestic violence and aggravated domestic violence. Those charges stem from an incident in which he kicked his former wife in the back during an argument about what to watch on television.
The charges that were dropped were second-degree criminal sexual conduct and charges related to gross indecency between males. The males in question were described as boys, although their ages were not mentioned. The alleged abuse took place at the home of the 40-year-old and his former wife.
The 40-year-old has been on an electronic tether, presumably an ankle bracelet, since April 2011. He was recently released from electronic monitoring, but is facing one year in jail for the domestic violence charges.
The sexual abuse charges could have been worse however because his name could have been added to the national sexual predators list.
Source: mLIVE, "Report: Sexual abuse charges dropped against former Grand Ledge Catholic school teacher," Brandon Howell, Nov. 15, 2012
- At our Lansing law firm, we represent clients charged with felonies or misdemeanors including domestic violence charges and sex crimes such as the alleged sexual abuse mentioned in this post.