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Soo man convicted of sexually assaulting victim he'd assaulted in the past

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Michigan Department of Corrections

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI— A Sault Ste. Marie man has been convicted of sexually assaulting a special needs individual while he was on parole for the same crime.

Arthur Laundry, Jr., 63, was found guilty last week of 3rd-degree criminal sexual conduct and 4th-degree CSC. He was accused of using predatory conduct to assault the victim in 2021.

At the time of the offense Laundry was on parole for the same crime against the same victim, perpetrated nine years before. The Chippewa County Prosecutor’s Office says the Michigan Department of Corrections granted him parole in 2020, and by April of 2021 he had gained access to the same person.

Laundry was also convicted of sexual assault in Chippewa County in 2004.

Prosecutor Rob Stratton says Laundry’s release is part of a disturbing trend where the MDOC is paroling violent and sexual offenders at the earliest possible moment. He says the Department is not obligated to release them but is doing so regularly. Stratton says that means the state will continue to see victimization of citizens as more violent offenders are returned unnecessarily to the streets early.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.