Teen accused of molesting 3-year-old

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published December 19, 2013

Officers arrested a Sterling Heights teen after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 3 1/2-year-old girl, according to police.

After an investigation into the situation, Sterling Heights police arrested Anthony Trandell, 18, after a warrant that alleges second-degree criminal sexual conduct was issued.

According to police, Trandell’s mother was caring for the young girl in an unlicensed home daycare setting in the 42100 block of Utica Road. Trandell also lives in the home, police said.

The child told her own mother about what allegedly happened to her in the home, police said, and police were alerted.

Sterling Heights Police Lt. Luke Riley said the two second-degree counts that Trandell faces allege that sexual contact was made. Riley said the alleged contact happened sometime in the recent past — though he didn’t have the exact dates.

“It was reported to us on the 6th, and we arrested him on the 11th,” he said.

Police said the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office authorized the warrant to pursue the arrest, which occurred when Trandell reportedly surrendered himself Dec. 11.  Riley said certain items were seized as part of the investigation, but he declined to specify what things were taken into custody.

Magistrate Michael Piatek presided over Trandell’s arraignment on two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Such a charge is a 15-year felony, according to police.

Trandell’s bond was set at $100,000. Police said Trandell posted bond, and he needs to wear a GPS tether and not come into contact or be within a mile of the girl.

Trandell had been scheduled to reappear in the 41-A District Court Dec. 19 before Judge Michael Maceroni, but according to a court representative, that date was adjourned, and a new date was still pending at press time.

Trandell’s listed attorney, Vincenzo Manzella,  said that because he has not seen all the discovery yet, he could not comment.

Anyone who has more information on this incident should call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800.