first-degree criminal sexual conduct

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   An 81-year-old Crystal Falls man has pleaded guilty to charges he had sexual contact with a boy under the age of 13. 

Earl Otchingwanigan was accused of committing the crimes with a male living in the same house between 2000 and 2007. The victim said he was between the ages of 7 and 14 at the time.

Otchingwanigan has pleaded to 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct in Iron County Circuit Court. His bond has been revoked and he remains lodged in the Iron County Jail.

Sentencing is set for November 26.

MARQUETTE, MI--    The Forsyth Township Police Department has arrested a Newberry man for several felonies involving children.

James Waller, 31, was taken into custody Thursday on a six-count warrant for crimes he allegedly committed when he lived in Forsyth Township. The charges include first-degree criminal sexual conduct, extortion, third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person 13 to 15 years old, and three counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a Gwinn man accused of sexually assaulting a person under 13 years of age. 

Marquon Woods, 23, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13 years of age, defendant 17 years of age or older; three counts of second-degree CSC with a person under 13; and one count of resisting and obstructing an officer. 

He faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged.

Woods’ preliminary exam is set for February 13 in Marquette County District Court. 

GWINN, MI--    A Gwinn man faces three criminal sexual conduct charges, following an assault reported on January 4.

The Forsyth Township Police Department arrested Marquon Woods, 23, on Saturday. He’s charged with first-degree CSC (with a person under 13 years of age, defendant 17 years of age or older) and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct (with a person under 13).

Officers say the victim and Woods lived in the same household.

The Marquette City Police Department, Child Protective Services, and the Michigan State Police assisted in the case. 

KINCHELOE, MI--   A Kincheloe man has been arrested for sexually assaulting a minor. 

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint last Wednesday and executed a search warrant at a residence Thursday. They arrested William Mastaw, 19, who was arraigned on three counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, producing child sexually abusive material, using a computer in commission of a felony, possession of child sexually abusive material, and accosting a minor for immoral purposes.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee Township man is headed to circuit court on charges related to so-called “revenge porn.” 

Matthew Ward, 26, waived his preliminary hearing in Marquette District Court Tuesday. He’s charged with six felonies, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct and distribution of child sexually abusive material.

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit—Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigated Ward and seized evidence from his home in August.

Ward faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged. 

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Brimley man has been arrested for kidnapping and sexual assault.

Saturday around 8 p.m. the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was called to a residence on Lakeshore Drive. Deputies were asked to back up Bay Mills Police for a disturbance call. Investigation indicated that an assault happened off the Bay Mills Reservation.

Officers say they discovered that several different sexual assaults had occurred within a two-day period. The suspect had allegedly driven the victim deep into the woods on a couple of occasions and attacked her.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing will be held Tuesday for a Negaunee Township man accused of posting “revenge porn.” 

Matthew Ward, 26, was arrested September 5 following an investigation into his online activity. A search warrant was executed at his home in August and evidence was seized.

Ward was arraigned on six charges, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, child sexually abusive activity, possession of child sexually abusive material, and distribution of child sexually abusive material.

Marquette County Sheriff's Office

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Negaunee Township man has been arrested on charges related to “revenge porn.” 

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says Matthew Allen Ward, 26, was taken into custody Tuesday following an investigation into his online activity. Officers say a search warrant was executed at his home in August and evidence was seized.

ROGERS CITY, MI (AP)--   A Roman Catholic priest in northern Michigan has been charged with sexually assaulting a man. 

The Rev. Sylvestre Obwaka appeared in court Tuesday in Presque Isle County and was returned to jail without bond. He's charged with first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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