Former Cedar Springs Public Schools teacher Michael Brock pled guilty to a domestic violence charge in Ludington’s 79th District Court Tuesday, and in return, the prosecutor dropped the charges of assault with intent to murder and aggravated assault. Brock was charged late last month after allegedly trying to strangle his girlfriend while in a hot tub at the Ramada Inn in Ludington. He had allegedly been drinking.
The domestic violence charge is a misdemeanor, and Judge Peter J. Wadel sentenced Brock to 93 days discretionary jail time (over a period of a year) with credit for 18 days served. He was ordered not to consume alcohol or drugs, and will have random PBTs (preliminary breath tests), and a substance abuse evaluation. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim. Brock was then released from custody.
Updated October 27:
Charges may be reduced if plea deal goes through
A former Cedar Springs Public Schools teacher was charged last week with attempted murder after allegedly trying to drown his girlfriend in a hot tub.
According to Mason County Undersheriff Tom Trenner, Michael Brock, 47, of Grand Rapids, was arrested Saturday, October 16, after they were called to the Ramada Inn in Ludington following the assault.
“It was a domestic dispute,” explained Trenner. “We think alcohol was probably involved.” The victim suffered injuries to her face and throat.
Brock was arraigned on Sunday, October 17, in 79th District court, on one count of assault with attempt to murder, and one count of aggravated domestic assault. Bond was set at $50,000 cash/surety. Brock was still in custody as of Wednesday morning, October 27.
According to Mason County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Spaniolo, a pretrial conference was held earlier this week, which may result in the charges being reduced. “We did hold negotiations between myself and the defendant, in consultation with the victim,” said Spaniolo. But as of Wednesday, he said he had seen nothing in writing, and until he does, the original charges still stand.
Brock was a teacher at Cedar Springs Public Schools from August 26, 1991 until the board accepted his resignation on August 31, 2010. For many years he co-taught a multi-age classroom of 4th and 5th graders, and later taught 6th grade at Red Hawk Elementary. While some have said Brock was fired, Cedar Springs Schools Superintendent Ron McDermed said that any pending issues they might have had with Brock were dropped when he resigned. “That’s all I can say per the agreement,” he explained.