PI County corrections officer faces CSC charges

ROGERS CITY – A Presque Isle County corrections officer is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct.

Richard David Hanson, 55, is facing two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina said. The incident is alleged to have taken place at a private residence.

The accuser came forth to the Rogers City Police Department and told officers the sexual assault happened in a private residence in the city, Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Hahn said.

“Based upon the individual that she named as a suspect, stating that that individual works at the Presque Isle County Jail as a corrections officer, the chief of police felt that there was a conflict of interest, and therefore requested that the Michigan State Police do the investigation,” he said.

After an MSP detective sergeant investigated, Presque Isle County Prosecutor Richard Steiger also believed he had a conflict of interest and asked that another prosecutor handle the case, Hahn said.

Vizina authorized a warrant on March 11, Hahn said. Police arrested the suspect – Hahn declined to release his name pending arraignment – on the same day.

Fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct involves touching another person for sexual gratification where the touching is unwanted and forced upon the victim, Hahn said.

“It’s important to note that these alleged crimes did not occur at the Presque Isle County Jail or at any other county facility, as far as our investigation revealed,” he said.

Hanson is out on bond and will be arraigned on March 25 by 88th District Court Judge Theodore Johnson, Vizina said. Maria Barton, 89th District Court judge, had a conflict of interest as well.

Presque Isle County Sheriff Robert Paschke said the corrections officer is on administrative leave.

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