BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (Battle Creek Enquirer) -- Prosecutors have charged an Emmett Township public safety officer, Troy Estree, with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a teenage girl to whom he is related.
Estree, 45, was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court on Friday, two days after he was arrested.
According to a court document, the alleged crimes took place sometime between Jan. 1 and August. Bail for Estree was set at $150,000. He is being held in the Branch County jail.
Estree is not allowed to have any contact with people 16 years old or younger, and was ordered to turn over all weapons.
Joshua Blanchard, a defense attorney from Stanton, said Friday he let the court know Thursday he would be representing Estree.
Blanchard said he didn't have a comment on the allegations but said Estree was held too long without being charged. A person in Michigan can't be held more than 48 hours without being charged, and that expired at 9:08 a.m. Friday.
"The Constitution seems to require it but I am not sure the troopers care about the Constitution," Blanchard said.
Calhoun County Prosecuting Attorney David E. Gilbert said "there is a rule that it is supposed to be in 48 hours or in all due speed, or a reasonable amount of time."
He said the delay in the arraignment was caused by a delay in some police reports and his decision to ask for a special prosecutor to avoid any appearance of impropriety. Gilbert said he was concerned that people might think Estree was given either more favorable treatment or harsher treatment if the case was handled by the Calhoun County prosecutor.
The case had first been sent to Eaton County but then referred to prosecutors in Kalamazoo County to review.
Estree was arrested Wednesday morning by the Michigan State Police. They alleged Estree sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl twice at his Emmett Township home.
A preliminary examination of the charges is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 28.