February 8, 2016

CSC case could head to jury trial

Arenac County Sheriff's Office
Basil Brown

STANDISH — A Sterling man facing four counts of criminal sexual conduct with minors is scheduled for a jury trial Nov. 19.

Basil Leroy Brown, 32, of Sterling, has been charged with two counts of first-degree CSC with a person younger than 13 and two counts of second-degree CSC with a person younger than 13.

He is alleged to have engaged in sexual activities with two females who were living in the same Adams Township residence as him.

According to a copy of the 23rd Circuit Court complaint, the incidents were alleged to have occurred between Jan. 1, 2013 and March 12, 2013.

Brown was arrested April 11. A motion was filed Oct. 16 in circuit court to strike the statement of witnesses due to a hearsay exception, but the motion hearing was adjourned until Oct. 30.

During an Aug. 28 pretrial hearing, Brown was ruled competent to stand trial, and the case file shows that the defendant demanded a jury trial, and that a plea agreement was unlikely.

The defense and prosecution both filed witness lists in September.

First-degree CSC carries a maximum penalty of life or any number of years in prison. Second-degree CSC carries a penalty of 15 years in prison.

Brown is being represented in court by Attorney Patrick Winter. Arenac County Assistant Prosecutor Melissa Sprague is prosecuting the case.

Unless a plea agreement is reached, a two-day jury trial is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 19.

Brown is currently being lodged in the Arenac County Jail.

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