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Man faces life in prison after sexual assault conviction

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 8, 2015

 Michael Ditrapani

Michael Ditrapani


MACOMB COUNTY — A Macomb County Circuit Court jury recently found a 51-year-old Clinton Township man guilty of sexually assaulting two young girls.

In front of Judge Richard Caretti, Michael Ditrapani was convicted of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A four-day trial was followed by a 45-minute deliberation by the jury on the final day of the trial on June 25.

Ditrapani allegedly sexually assaulted a total of three girls, although he was only charged in regard to two of them. Two of the girls were reportedly sexually assaulted in his home last summer.

All three girls testified in a closed courtroom that was approved by Caretti.

Jeffrey Cojocar, Ditrapani’s defense attorney, said he didn’t really know what to expect when the jury made its final decision.

“A jury trial is very unpredictable,” Cojocar said.

Ditrapani will be sentenced by Caretti on Aug. 4 in circuit court.

He will receive a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, considering the victims were under age 13 at the time of the assault. The second-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.