Sexual assault convictions upheld for former Kent County foster father

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A former Kent County foster father sentenced to prison has lost a bid to have two sexual assault convictions overturned.

The state Court of Appeals this week upheld the 2015 convictions of Louis Charles Chandler. A Kent County jury found him guilty of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for sexual assaults on his foster daughter, who was eight years old at the time.

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The abuse occurred in 2010, but he was not prosecuted until 2015.

In his appeal, Chandler said the girl fabricated the story. He also argued that certain testimony involving conduct with another child many years earlier should not have been presented at trial.

The Court of Appeals disagreed. Now 63, Chandler is serving a 25 to 75-year sentence at the Ionia Correctional Facility.  He is not eligible for release until 2040.

In November 2010, the Kent County Sheriff's Department received a referral from Child Protective Services when an elementary school student revealed that her foster father put his hands on her private parts, according to court records.

The girl said it happened at Chandler’s home of Blenheim Drive SW near Ideal Park in Cutlerville.

The girl was re-interviewed at the Children's Assessment Center in Grand Rapids in 2015 after another child disclosed that she had been touched inappropriately. 

Chandler was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim less than 13.  A Kent County jury deliberated about five hours in July, 2015 before finding him guilty.

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