IRON MOUNTAIN, Mich. (WLUC) - An Iron Mountain High School Freshman was found responsible last week for committing Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.
The verdict was announced on Thursday, April 18, by Judge Thomas Slagle following a one day bench trial in the Circuit Court’s Family Division.
The name of the student is not being released at this time because he is a minor.
The sexual assault happened on September 1, 2018 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. The victim, a sophomore at Kingsford High School, was called by the prosecution along with several other witnesses.
Those witnesses included students from both Kingsford and Norway-Vulcan Area Middle Schools.
Another Kingsford High School sophomore gave testimony about an unrelated incident involving the student charged.
The Iron Mountain High School student is set for a Dispositional Hearing in June.
Prosecutor Lisa Richards commended the victim for her braver, stating “not only did she exhibit great courage by coming forward but also in seeing the case through to the end despite facing shame and criticism from some of her peers.”
Richards added, “This is an important victory for all sexual assault victims especially during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”
The case was presented by Prosecutor Lisa Richards and Investigated by Michigan State Police Detective/Sgt. Chris Bracket and Trooper Alyson Burch. The respondent was represented by Nancy Schaub. Victim witness support was provided by the Crime Victim’s Rights Advocates Tara Trudgeon and Heather Strauss.