CSC case heads to trial.

January 14, 2019

Mark Langston with attorney Terry Shaw.


CSC case heads to trial.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART – A criminal sexual conduct case against a 32-year-old Muskegon man who is accused of sexually assaulting an “incapacitated” or “physically helpless” woman is heading to trial next month.

Mark Steven Langston II, faces prison for two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) of a female victim who was intoxicated at the time of the assaults and “in and out of consciousness,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Langston appeared in 27th Circuit Court with defense attorney Terry Shaw who was standing in for Langston’s attorney Terry Nolan, Monday, Jan. 14. Langston rejected a plea offer that would have capped his prison term at 76 months, which is 6 1/3 years.

The victim, who was not in a dating relationship with Langston, was highly intoxicated at the time of assault, said Bizon. “We believe she was far too intoxicated to give consent.” The alleged incident occurred after a wedding last June in Mears. “Everybody had been drinking,” he said. The wedding party was staying overnight at a location where the assaults allegedly occurred.

Langston faces two counts because “there was more than one alleged penetration of a drunk incapacitated victim,” Bizon said.

The maximum penalty for third-degree CSC is 15 years in prison.

A three-day trial is set for Feb. 20-22.

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