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May 1, 2013

Resident faces six counts of criminal sexual conduct

Detroit police officer’s at-home side business for troubled teens lands him in court

By Chris Jackett
C & G Staff Writer

FARMINGTON HILLS — Alleged actions taken during a boot camp, which was run through his residence, have led to a Detroit police officer being charged with felonies.

Resident Geoffrey Townsend, 43, is currently facing six counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, each carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, for behavior that allegedly took place between October 2010 and August 2012.

He was arrested March 26 near 12 Mile and Drake roads, and arraigned in 47th District Court the next day by Judge Marla Parker, released on a $25,000 cash or surety bond.

Townsend ran a boot camp program out of his Farmington Hills house called Reality Check Detroit, which is geared toward troubled teens with behavior problems. Two teenage girls, one 15 and the other “born in 1997,” have come forward, and officials are worried there may be more out there who have yet to come forward.

“We are all concerned that there may be additional victims out there and encourage anyone with information to please call the Farmington Hills Police Department at (248) 871-2600,” Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a release.

Cooper noted that, if the information received involves a different jurisdiction, it would be referred to the appropriate police agency.

Farmington Hills Police Cmdr. Matt Koehn said anyone with more information should call the FHPD Command Desk at (248) 871-2610.

“We still are investigating. I anticipate there will be additional charges,” Koehn said. “I think we pretty much have what we have.”

Defense attorney John Brusstar did not return a call seeking comment by press time.

Townsend is due back in 47th District Court 9 a.m. May 10 for a preliminary exam.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Chris Jackett at cjackett@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1110.