Channing man found guilty on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct

DICKINSON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - A Channing man was convicted following a four day jury trial on multiple counts of sexual assault involving a child under the age of 13.

Kenneth Lorne Buck, 34, was convicted of two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, a life offense, and one count of second degree CSC, a 15 year felony.

Buck is scheduled for a sentencing on January 21 at 9 a.m. in front of the Honorable Christopher S. Ninomiya. He faces life in prison and a lifetime registration as a sex offender under Michigan's Sex Offender Registration Act.

The incidents occurred between October of 2017 and April 2018 in Channing.

The trial began Monday of this week with testimony wrapping up late Wednesday afternoon. The case was presented by Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards who was assisted by Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Kristen Kass and Detective Lieutenant Derek Dixon of the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office. Prosecution witnesses included the minor victim, various family members and teachers, medical personnel from Dickinson County Healthcare System, and members of law enforcement, including members from the Michigan State Police Crime Laboratory.

Prosecutors also presented expert testimony from Beth Hellman, Home Based Clinical Care Manager and Social Emotional Consultant with Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare System regarding typical and relevant symptoms of child sexual abuse.

Richards acknowledged that much of the testimony was sensitive in nature and emotionally difficult for jurors to hear.

"Nevertheless, they were attentive, asked questions throughout the trial, and took the case and their role as jurors seriously," Richards said.

Richards also acknowledged crime victim rights advocate, Connie Larson, and retired crime victims rights advocate and K9 advocate, Karen Alvord, along with various members of Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare System, who provided much needed emotional support to the minor victim and her family.

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