Ex-Detroit Lion Faces 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

Ex-Detroit Lion Faces 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

What does fourth degree criminal sexual conduct mean?

You may not remember Mark Grabowski’s football career, but at one time he was a prospect and at the training camp for the Detroit Lions. Today, he is making headlines, not for his once promising career, but rather for being charged with fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery.

According to Detroit Free Press, while Grabowski, 56, a former Detroit Lion defensive lineman, was working as a truck driver, he reportedly rubbed up against a female staffer at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. The Detroit Free Press reported,

“Diane Brown, a spokeswoman with the University of Michigan’s Division of Public Safety & Security, said Grabowski, who is free on $10,000 bond, “rubbed against” the female staffer in a hallway while she was talking to a co-worker on May 21.”

About Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

In an article published last year, I included detailed information about criminal sexual conduct. For more information, please see, What You Need To Know About Criminal Sexual Conduct.

To give a better clue to what happen, we can look at what fourth degree criminal sexual conduct is. When someone is charged with fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, it means that there has been sexual conduct and one of the following:

  1. The assailant used forced or coercion.
  2. The victim was incapacitated.
  3. The assailant is employed by the Department of Corrections while victim was incarcerated.

Grabowski’s Past Legal Trouble

This is not Grabowski’s first run-in with the law. Back in 2013, he was convicted of unlawful retention of a child by a parent. The mother of Grabowski’s son went pick up the son from Grabowski’s house and immediately knew something wasn’t right according to Click on Detroit.

“There were no cars. The windows were all covered. The dogs were gone,” she said. Authorities say Grabowski took his son on out of state to South Dakota.

Grabowski and his son were located after the boy posted a video saying he left voluntarily because his mother was mentally and physically abusive. Grabowski was sentenced to 90-days in the Livingston County jail.

More legal trouble followed when Grabowski was investigated for allegedly asking inmates to kill several people. The hit list included the mother of his son and the judge who sentenced him to jail. It was reported that Grabowski approached two inmates in front of three others about the doing the hits.

The Detroit Free Press reported that the investigation was later dropped after an undercover police officer approached Grabowski about the hits. Grabowski’s response was to reject it and contact authorities.

The Livingston County Prosecutor William Vailliencourt said that Grabowski would “not be charged with soliciting someone to murder because the law requires that the “solicitation be a serious one motivated by an actual intent that it be carried out”, according to the Detroit Free Press.


Grabowski is already facing his preliminary exam. Whether or not he will be convicted has yet to be determined. However, no one can deny that Graborwski has had his fair share of legal trouble.

Over to You

What do you think will be the fate of the ex-Detroit Lion defensive lineman?