Man faces seven counts of CSC

ROGERS CITY – A Hawks man accused of criminal sexual conduct will stand trial in June.

Jeremiah Allen Dewey, 36, faces seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in three cases involving two minor girls. Two involve the same girl at different ages. He’ll go to trial for one of those counts starting June 16, 53rd Circuit Court Judge Scott Pavlich said, and for the remaining charges in July and August.

Dewey is being held on $250,000 bond.

In court Monday, Presque Isle County Prosecutor Richard Steiger and Patrick Crowley, Dewey’s attorney, discussed the witness list Crowley had submitted. He told the court everyone on the long list potentially could be called to testify, depending on how the case proceeded. He agreed to amend the list to show one case number instead of three, and said most or all of the same witnesses could be called for the other two trials.

Pavlich noted Dewey has been in jail for some time, and asked Crowley if there were any concerns regarding a speedy trial. Crowley acknowledged much of the delay had to do with the defense asking for more time, and he’d file a motion in the future if he believed it to be necessary.

After the proceedings, Crowley said Dewey is looking forward to proving his innocence. He pleaded not guilty to one set of charges in January.

“My client’s been incarcerated for several months,” he said. “We feel that these charges are bogus, and frankly we’re looking forward to trial. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to clear my client’s name.”

Steiger declined to comment.

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