Criminal Sexual Conduct in Michigan – Innocent Until Proven Guilty?

When someone you know is charged with sex crimes, is your gut reaction to believe they are innocent?

Happy Wednesday everyone! Tomorrow is the 4th of July! I hope you enjoy your Independence Day celebration and that you stay safe. Today, we are sharing about something a little different then celebrating the 4th. We will be discussing criminal sexual conduct or CSC.

Being accused of a sex crime is one of the most devastating blows a person can be hit with. Often times, whether you are innocent or not, the media and the public have already condemned you.

Consider the story of the Warren, Michigan high school basketball coach, Derek Michael Knoll. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old at his school. The 16-year-old was not on his basketball team and is at Michigan’s age of consent.

If you are not sure what criminal sexual conduct or “sex crimes” are as the police refer to it as, I encourage you to read the following articles written for this blog.

One thing you will notice is that the student in the Derek Michael Knoll case was at Michigan’s age of consent. However, the police have reported that because Knoll was working in the school and in a position of authority and trust, the charges will be followed through on.

Police say, age of consent or not, this coach violated the trust of the position he was in. Here is what 7 Action News reported,

According to police, the student, who was not on the team he coached, met Knoll at several locations. Police reports the two had consensual sexual encounters in Knoll’s parents’ basement as well as his apartment. The age of consent in Michigan is 16 years old, but laws are much stricter for school employees”.

An anonymous student was the one to turn in the coach and the unnamed 16-year-old student.

Do you think that teachers, coaches, and anyone who works in a school should held to a higher responsibly than those of us who do not?

What do you think about the age of consent in Michigan? Is 16-years “old” enough?