PI man arraigned on 2 counts CSC

ROGERS CITY – A Presque Isle County corrections officer was arraigned on two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct Wednesday.

Richard David Hanson, 55, was arraigned in 89th District Court by Judge Theodore Johnson. District Court Judge Maria Barton recused herself due to a confict of interest, according to Cheboygan County Prosecutor Daryl Vizina, and Johnson appeared via video link.

Johnson read the charges, which accuse Hanson of sexual contact using force or coercion on Nov. 2, 2013. William Pfeifer, Hanson’s attorney, said Hanson demands a preliminary exam, and waived his right to have one within 14 days.

Pfeifer and Hanson declined to comment after the arraignment.

Hanson was arrested on March 11 after Michigan State Police investigated the alleged assault, according to First Lt. Mike Hahn. The accuser reported it to Rogers City police, who asked the MSP to investigate out of concern for a possible conflict of interest. That investigation found the alleged assault happened in a Rogers City home, and not in the county jail or any other county facility.

Hanson is on administrative leave, according to Presque Isle County Robert Paschke.

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