Judge rules IM teen responsible for sexual conduct

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain High School teen was found responsible last week for committing fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to a release from the Dickinson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The verdict was announced Thursday by Judge Thomas Slagle after a one-day bench trial in the Dickinson County Circuit Court’s Family Division.

The teen, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, is scheduled for a dispositional hearing in June.

According to the release, the sexual assault happened Sept. 1 at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. The victim, a Kingsford High School student, testified along with several other witnesses, including students from both Kingsford and Norway-Vulcan Area Middle Schools, Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards said.

Another Kingsford High School sophomore gave testimony about an unrelated incident in 2016 involving the juvenile charged.

Richards said of the victim, “not only did she exhibit great courage by coming forward but also in seeing the case through to the end despite facing shame and criticism from her peers.”

Richards added, “This is an important victory for all sexual assault victims, especially during this Sexual Assault Awareness Month.”

The case was investigated by Michigan State Police Detective Sergeant Chris Bracket and Trooper Alyson Burch.

The juvenile was represented by attorney Nancy Schaub.