A Cedar Springs man charged last fall with harboring a runaway has been arrested again, this time on criminal sexual conduct charges.
Mark Junior White, 21, of Cedar Springs, was arrested by the Cedar Springs Police Department on May 12, for an outstanding felony warrant. The warrant was issued for two counts of criminal sexual conduct 3rd degree (CSC) based on an investigation by the Kent County Sheriff Department. White was arraigned on May 13, in 63rd District Court. His preliminary exam was set for May 26 at 1:30 p.m. He received a $5,000.00 cash-surety bond.
White was charged by the Cedar Springs Police Department last fall for his involvement in harboring a juvenile runaway. He was living with his brother in the apartment where the 13-year-old runaway was found. He later entered a guilty plea.
“These new charges are not a surprise to us,” noted Cedar Springs Chief Roger Parent. “When we see a 21-year-old man befriending young girls, a person who is old enough to purchase alcohol and tobacco products, we know that inappropriate activity is a possibility. Parents need to talk to their children and know where they are going and who they are hanging out with.”
Parent said that he was told by Detective Bill Heffron, KCSD, that a concerned parent did become involved and brought this situation to the attention of the Sheriff’s Department.