Posted on 03 July 2013.
Brandon Clay Bates, 20, of Cedar Springs, was arrested Wednesday, June 27 and arraigned in 63rd District Court on a charge of criminal sexual conduct, 3rd degree.
His bond was set at $20,000 and a preliminary exam set for July 10 at 2:30 p.m.
CSC 3rd is a criminal sexual conduct violation involving a victim between the ages of 13 and 15. Because the case involves a minor, no other details are being released.
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Posted on 05 April 2013.
Cole Zachary Spears
A Howard City man has been arrested and charged with two counts of 4th degree criminal sexual assault in a crime against a juvenile in Howard City.
Cole Zachary Spears, 25, was arraigned on the charges on Monday, April 1, and lodged in the Montcalm County Jail.
The assault took place in Sept of 2012 at a neighborhood home in the early morning hours and was reported in January. The suspect was a stranger to the victim.
Spears was arrested March 28 as a result of the investigation. He is on probation for a previous sexual assault of a minor.
Anyone with additional information on this crime is requested to contact police. Police are seeking possible witnesses to speak with.
You may contact Chief DeWitt at 231 937 4311 ext 103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted on 07 September 2012.
Terry Welch has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct involving a juvenile.
A Courtland Township man and former firefighter has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct.
According to Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess, the incident allegedly occurred at the home of Terry Lynn Welch, 51, the evening of August 16, or the early morning hours of August 17, and involved a juvenile.
Welch was arrested and arraigned that same day, August 17, in 63rd District Court. According to the court, he was charged with one count of CSC second degree (relationship), one count of CSC second degree assault, and with being a habitual offender, for already having a felony on his record. Bond was set at $20,000 cash/surety, and he bonded out. He has a preliminary hearing set for this Friday, September 7, at 10 a.m.
Prior to the incident, Welch was Deputy Fire Chief at Courtland Township. According to Fire Chief Mickey Davis, Welch resigned immediately from the fire department, and Steve Mojuk is now Deputy Chief.
Welch was previously arrested in November 1988 and pled guilty in 17th Circuit Court, on August 28, 1989, to attempted breaking and entering an occupied dwelling with intent. He received 24 months probation and $1,321 in fines and costs.
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Posted on 29 March 2012.
A Sparta Township man was arrested last week on criminal sexual conduct charges after Cedar Springs Police reopened a nearly two-year-old investigation into the case.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, Sgt. Edward Good reopened a criminal sexual conduct investigation, filed back in 2010, after he was contacted by the Kent County Sheriff Department with new information. Sgt Good’s follow-up and interviews resulted in a 2-count felony warrant being issued for Criminal Sexual Conduct in the 1st degree (during a felony) against Jason Hoover, 32.
“Due to the criminal charges pending and the age of the victim, little else can be disclosed about the case,” explained Parent. “We are very pleased knowing that this two year old case is once again open, with felony charges authorized by the prosecutor.”
Hoover is no stranger to either Cedar Springs Police or the Kent County Sheriff Department. He has served time in prison for domestic violence, possession of a firearm by a felon, and marijuana and cocaine charges. Those latter charges were due to a traffic stop by Cedar Springs Police in 2010. He got out of prison in April 2011.
He is currently in the Kent County jail on a multitude of charges. He was arrested in early March on more drug charges, and then new charges were brought on March 19 of fleeing and eluding a police officer, reckless driving, and operating on a suspended or revoked license. The CSC charges were added March 22, with a $100,000 cash or surety bond.
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Posted on 02 December 2011.
Teacher Jon Jungkind was arrested on CSC charges Tuesday involving a student.
A popular Cedar Springs High School teacher is facing criminal sexual conduct charges involving a student.
Jon Eric Jungkind, 44, of Cedar Springs, was arraigned Wednesday, November 30, on two charges of criminal sexual conduct third degree involving a minor student.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they received information on November 23 about a possible sexual relationship between a teacher at the Cedar Springs High School and his 17-year-old student. The victim told police she had sexual intercourse on two separate occasions this summer with Jungkind, who was her chemistry teacher. The incidents allegedly happened at his home in Nelson Township.
Jungkind’s bond is set at $10,000 (10 percent) with the stipulation that he cannot reside within 10 miles of the Cedar Springs while his case is pending.
According to a press release from Cedar Springs Superintendent Ron McDermed, the allegations against the teacher involve one victim, and do not appear to involve any other students in the district. He said that if parents have any concerns about their student’s interactions with Jungkind, they should call a school administrator or the police department.
“The school district has been proactive, working cooperatively with the Kent County Sheriff’s department in the investigation, and will continue to do so,” said McDermed. He said the school district has also initiated its own investigation.
Jungkind has taught at Cedar Springs since August 2003. He taught general chemistry, AP chemistry, the science of science fiction, and physics. He was also chair of the science department, and involved as an advisor in some student clubs, such as National Honor Society, and the Eco-club.
He is currently on administrative leave from his teaching position.
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