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Man Arrested for Sexual Assault in Custer Twp.

News Release

Sheriff Kim C. Cole

CSC 2nd/CSC 4th/Possession of Hydrocodone

On August 30, 2014 at 4:48 PM a DNR Conservation Office on patrol on Cable Road near Custer Road was flagged down by two young females claiming they had been sexually assaulted.  The Conservation Officer stayed with the victims until MCSO deputies arrived.  A second deputy located the suspect, based on information provided by the Conservation Officer, at the Scottville Boat Launch where he was found in possession of hydrocodone pills and eventually arrested.

The incident took place at a campsite along the PM River in Custer Township where the subjects were all camping.  The suspect is not related to the victims.

The alleged CSC involved touching of the victims.

The reported victims are 12 and 13 year-old girls from southern Michigan.  The suspect arrested is a 43 year-old Coldwater MI man, who remains lodged in the Mason County Jail and has been charged with one count of CSC 2nd, one county of CSC 4th and Possession of analogues.    

WILLIAM JOSEPH STEMPIEN has been arraigned and released after posting $50,000 cash/surety bond.

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