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Chad Curtis, Former Yankee Found Guilty of Criminal Sexual Conduct

Criminal sexual conduct

Chad Curtis once played of the Detroit Tigers, but he is probably best known for being a member of two World Series Championships with the New York Yankees. Curtis was an outfielder whose career lasted from 1992-2001.

The former MBL player had 101 home runs in his career and stole 212 bases. He had a great career and a promising future ahead. That all changed when he made a choice that would cost him reputation and his life forever.

Curtis had finished his baseball career and retired in 2001 after playing with the Texas Rangers according to SBNation. He then went to work as a weight room trainer and substitute teacher in Lakewood Schools in Barry County, Michigan. At forty-four years old, the former major league baseball player was forced to resign when several students “accused him of inappropriate touching.”

Those accusations led to an arrest and a trial. Chad Curtis has been found guilty in a jury trial in Hastings, Michigan on August 16, 2013 of 6 counts of 2nd, 3rd and 4th degree criminal sexual conduct.

If you are unfamiliar with what those degrees of criminal sexual conduct mean, let me briefly explain.

2nd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

When someone is charged with 2nd degree, it means they are being accused of touching intimate parts over clothing intentionally for sexual arousal or gratification.

3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

When someone has been charged with 3rd degree, it means they are being accused of penetration defined by Criminal Sexual Conduct or CSC1 and the victim is either 13, 14, 15 year old, when there is force or coercion used, or lastly the victim is incapacitated.

4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

When someone has been charged with 4th degree, it means they are being accused of sexual conduct as described by CSC2 and using force or coercion, or the victim was incapacitated, or the assailant is employed by the department of corrections.

To read a more in-depth explanation, please see: The Truth About 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Assault

According to reports, the former Yankee was accused and then convicted of inappropriately touching girls whose ages were between 13 and 16. While Curtis denies all of it, he is now facing 15 years in prison.

If you have any additional questions about criminal sexual conduct, please call my office. These are serious charges. Having an attorney that is experienced in representing someone that is accused of criminal sexual conduct is invaluable.

This article was published on: August 22, 2013 and was last modified August 23, 2013