Hearing for teen accused of sexual assault now set for Feb. 8

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 2, 2018

WARREN — A court  hearing to determine whether a Lincoln High School freshman should stand trial for allegedly raping a fellow student at the school has been adjourned until Feb. 8.

The suspect, 14, was arraigned Dec. 6 on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and unlawful imprisonment after allegations of a “vicious” sexual assault, allegedly committed in a stairwell at the school after hours, surfaced in late November.

Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Kolodziej told 37th District Court Judge John Chmura the “heinous, egregious assault” was caught on surveillance video over a span of more than 25 minutes “in broad daylight in a corridor of the school” on Nov. 28.

The teen allegedly fled on foot to a house near the school at Nine Mile Road and Federal Avenue after the encounter, where investigators believe he discarded evidence.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said the details of the attack that emerged during the department’s ensuing investigation were “shocking” to veteran detectives.

Defense attorney Kenneth Vernier was denied a request for reduced bond for his client and has declined to discuss the case with reporters.

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