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Sparta man arrested on CSC charges


Investigation involves child sexually abusive activity 

Tyler Ryan Lowis

Tyler Ryan Lowis

A 22-year-old Sparta man is in jail after police arrested him on multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct and child sexually abusive material.

According to the Michigan State Police, their Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) involving child exploitation.

ICAC then conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of a Tyler Ryan Lowis, 22, of Sparta. On November 14, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Lowis’ residence. Evidence was recovered that connected Lowis to child sexually abusive material and criminal sexual conduct.

Lowis was lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility on November 14 and arraigned on November 15, 2016. The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office issued the charges of Criminal Sexual Conduct, First Degree (3 Counts), Child Sexually Abusive Material, Manufacturing (3 Counts), and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime (3 Counts).

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Newaygo corrections officer charged with CSC


Zachary Almon Clark

Zachary Almon Clark

The Newaygo County Sheriff’s Department reported that one of its former corrections officers has been charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Sheriff Patrick Hedlund became aware, on July 1, of allegations of misconduct on the part of a male corrections officer. He launched an internal investigation, and the officer resigned on July 9.

Sheriff Hedlund then contacted the Michigan Sheriff’s Association to request that a Sheriff’s mission team be assigned to conduct a criminal investigation. Outside sheriff investigators conducted the investigation.

The corrections officer has been identified as Zachary Clark, 30, of Newaygo. He is alleged to have had sexual relations with a 27-year-old inmate of the jail, after  her release. The woman, also from Newaygo, was on supervised release, and this was known to the corrections officer. It was found that there was no sexual activity inside the jail. It was outside the jail, after her release, and consensual.

However, it is still against the law. MCL 750.520c states it is CSC in the second degree—a felony—if the other person is a prisoner or probationer under jurisdiction of the county…and the actor is an employee with the county or department of corrections who knows that the other person is under the county’s jurisdiction.

It is also alleged he assaulted a male inmate in the hallway of the facility on June 19.

Zachary Almon Clark, 30, of Big Prairie Township, Newaygo, was arrested August 12, and held in the Lake County Jail on $50,000 bond. He is being charged with six counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct (felonies), and one misdemeanor count of assault and battery.

“The ex-officer in question allegedly acted outside of the ethical behavior and ‘rules of the road’ of this agency,” said Hedlund. “This will not be tolerated and he will now be held accountable to the system  he once served.”

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Arrest made in CSC case

Brandon Bates

Brandon Bates

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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Howard City man charged with CSC 4th degree

Cole Zachary Spears

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 policechief@howardcity.org.

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Courtland man arrested on CSC charges

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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Man arrested on CSC charges

Jason Hoover

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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Teacher arrested on CSC charges

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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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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