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Man arrested on criminal sexual conduct charges

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 28, 2015

 Anthony Thomas Stone

Anthony Thomas Stone

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A 59-year-old Clinton Township man is behind bars after allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

According to the Clinton Township Police Department, the alleged incident occurred sometime around noon on Oct. 15 near the 19000 block of Briarwood.

Capt. Richard Maierle said the boy was riding his bike southbound by the railroad tracks near Groesbeck Highway and Metropolitan Parkway.

A man, later identified as Anthony Thomas Stone, approached the teen while carrying a can of beer. Stone set his beverage on the ground prior to producing a green box cutter. It’s unclear whether the blade of the box cutter was exposed.

After producing the weapon, Stone allegedly touched the young boy’s posterior and then exposed his genitalia.

“The boy was riding his bike, (Stone) comes up to him and grabs (him) and is just mumbling,” Maierle said.

The boy was able to get away from Stone and safely make it home on his bike. The boy later returned on his bike and, from afar, saw Stone walking north on Farmbrook toward Metropolitan Parkway.

The boy saw Stone and two young children walk into an unspecified building. Police were called and the matter was reported. Maierle confirmed that Stone was with his two grandchildren after the incident allegedly occurred.

Officers arrived and approached the door of the building that Stone was in, and they asked him to step outside. The boy described Stone’s clothing, and police noticed that the man mentioned in the report was wearing the same clothing.

“The victim described (Stone’s) clothes to a T,” Maierle said.

A police lineup later ensued. When police found the same box cutter in Stone’s possession, they took him into custody. He was booked by 41-B District Court on Oct. 16.

Stone, who had two previous warrants for consuming alcohol in a park and for failing to appear in court, was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. That means the act occurred with a victim between the ages of 13 and 16, and that the offender is five or more years older.

He was issued $50,000 cash or surety bond for the criminal sexual conduct charge, with $4,000 total in bonds issued for the previous charges in which he was never booked.

Stone was due in court for a probable cause hearing on Oct. 26. He is being represented by court-appointed counsel Dan Garon, who could not be reached for comment at press time.