[Hpn] Homeless man accused of assaulting 5-year-old

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Fri, 06 Jul 2007 08:28:58 -0400


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Program provides special opportunities for special children

Homeless man accused of assaulting 5-year-old

Web-posted Jul 6, 2007


By RANDAL YAKEY=20
Of The Oakland Press=20

Waterford Township police have arrested a homeless 51-year-old convicted =
sex offender who is now accused of breaking into a home, removing a =
5-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her.=20
"We believe he entered through the rear window," said Waterford Township =
Police Sgt. Todd Hasselbach. "We do not believe the assault took place =
inside the home. He removed her and brought her back."=20

Police said the mother realized something was wrong with the child about =
11 a.m. Wednesday and reported the incident to police. It occurred near =
Clintonville Road and Walton Boulevard.=20

The suspect, who police listed as a homeless person, was visiting a =
neighbor of the victim's Tuesday, the day before the incident, police =
said. Witnesses say he may have spotted the girl then.=20

Vern Wing, 90, said he hired the suspect, not knowing he was a convicted =
sex offender. Wing said he was only trying to help a person who was down =
on his luck.=20

"He didn't have a job or any money, so I told him he could work here =
cutting grass and trimming the shrubs," Wing said. "He seemed like a =
nice guy at the time."=20

The child was transported to a metro area hospital for treatment of =
nonlifethreatening injuries.=20

Police found the suspect about noon Thursday sitting alone in his =
vehicle near Kennett and Baldwin roads in Pontiac.=20

The suspect was arrested on a warrant for parole violation of a 1994 =
conviction of resisting and obstructing police in Oakland County. The =
suspect also has convictions in Macomb County for assault with intent to =
rob and criminal sexual conduct in 1978. He also was convicted for armed =
robbery in Macomb County in 1974.=20

The suspect was lodged in the Oakland County Jail. Police continue to =
investigate the incident. The suspect is expected to be arraigned on =
charges of home invasion and criminal sexual assault. Anyone with =
information about this case can call the Waterford police tip line at =
(248) 674-2677.=20

Contact staff writer Randal Yakey at (248) 745-4631 or =
randal.yakey@oakpress.com.=20

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<DIV class=3Dstorybody><MCC STORY>Waterford Township police have =
arrested a=20
homeless 51-year-old convicted sex offender who is now accused of =
breaking into=20
a home, removing a 5-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her.=20
<P>"We believe he entered through the rear window," said Waterford =
Township=20
Police Sgt. Todd Hasselbach. "We do not believe the assault took place =
inside=20
the home. He removed her and brought her back."=20
<P>Police said the mother realized something was wrong with the child =
about 11=20
a.m. Wednesday and reported the incident to police. It occurred near=20
Clintonville Road and Walton Boulevard.=20
<P>The suspect, who police listed as a homeless person, was visiting a =
neighbor=20
of the victim's Tuesday, the day before the incident, police said. =
Witnesses say=20
he may have spotted the girl then.=20
<P>Vern Wing, 90, said he hired the suspect, not knowing he was a =
convicted sex=20
offender. Wing said he was only trying to help a person who was down on =
his=20
luck.=20
<P>"He didn't have a job or any money, so I told him he could work here =
cutting=20
grass and trimming the shrubs," Wing said. "He seemed like a nice guy at =
the=20
time."=20
<P>The child was transported to a metro area hospital for treatment of=20
nonlifethreatening injuries.=20
<P>Police found the suspect about noon Thursday sitting alone in his =
vehicle=20
near Kennett and Baldwin roads in Pontiac.=20
<P>The suspect was arrested on a warrant for parole violation of a 1994=20
conviction of resisting and obstructing police in Oakland County. The =
suspect=20
also has convictions in Macomb County for assault with intent to rob and =

criminal sexual conduct in 1978. He also was convicted for armed robbery =
in=20
Macomb County in 1974.=20
<P>The suspect was lodged in the Oakland County Jail. Police continue to =

investigate the incident. The suspect is expected to be arraigned on =
charges of=20
home invasion and criminal sexual assault. Anyone with information about =
this=20
case can call the Waterford police tip line at (248) 674-2677.=20
<P>Contact staff writer Randal Yakey at (248) 745-4631 or <A=20
href=3D"mailto:randal.yakey@oakpress.com">randal.yakey@oakpress.com</A>. =
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