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Township sexual assault case bound over for trial

November 24, 2010 - The two Brandon Township youth, ages 13 and 14, arraigned in September on nine counts of sexual assault against younger boys have been bound over for trial.

Preliminary exams for the charged boys were held Nov. 15 and Nov. 19 in front of Sixth Circuit Court Judge Cheryl A. Matthews. They remain in custody at the Oakland County Children's Village. A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 30 in front of Judge Mary Ellen Brennan.

Charges related to one of the victims have been dropped, due to his inability to testify because of the trauma; however, the number of charges remains the same because while some were dismissed, others were added or enhanced.

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According to police reports, on Aug. 21, two fathers filed a report at the Brandon substation regarding the sexual assault of three of their children, ages 7, 9, and 10-years-old, by the suspects, who are neighbors of the victims in the Sashabaw Meadows Mobile Home Park. The assaults began in September 2009.

Suspect #1 is 13-years-old and was a student at Brandon Middle School. Suspect #2 is 14-years-old and was an Oxford Middle School student.

During CARE House interviews with the victims, the 9-year-old disclosed repeated assaults by suspect #1, who is also his half-brother. The assaults occurred at their mother's residence where the boys shared a room. The victim said that on multiple occasions, both suspect #1 and suspect #2 assaulted him.

The Oakland County Prosecutor's Office has designated the case, meaning that upon adjudication of guilt, both suspects may be sentenced as adults.

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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