Teen faces 5-15 years in prison for 3rd-degree CSC.

July 27, 2021


Teen faces 5-15 years in prison for 3rd-degree CSC.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — An 18-year-old Muskegon man faces serving a five to 15 year prison term after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) in 27th Circuit Court Monday, July 26.

Dwight Bernard McKinney is one of four Muskegon men facing CSC charges in connection to a child trafficking investigation conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last summer.

McKinney initially faced three counts of first-degree CSC.

The maximum penalty for third-degree CSC is 15 years in prison, and the maximum charge for first-degree CSC is life in prison.

Robert Iree Mallard, 23, of Muskegon man faces serving a 10-15 year prison term after pleading guilty to third-degree CSC, July 12. Mallard’s sentencing is set for Sept. 20 at 10:20 a.m.

Jermaine Lamar Chapman, 25, faces a first-degree CSC charge and two charges of second-degree CSC in Muskegon County in the connection to the case. He is lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on a $1.5 million cash/surety bond, according to jail records. Quonteravious Moffett, 20, of Muskegon faces one count of third-degree CSC and is lodged in the Muskegon County Jail on a $250,000 bond, according to jail records.

The massive investigation began July 23, 2020 at 6:30 a.m. when an Oceana County sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to a Grant Township residence, Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast previously said.

The girl’s father saw what appeared to be a man’s legs in his daughter’s bed. The male ran from the residence, and the dad called police. That incident prompted an investigation that the girl was sexually assaulted by several men. Evidence was uncovered indicating that the men would sneak out through the bedroom window and give the girl alcohol and drugs while sexually assaulting her. Evidence also indicated that the girl would sneak out of the house through her bedroom window and leave with the men. The girl was allegedly threatened if she told anyone, police said, because there were videos she wouldn’t want anyone to see.

“The investigation overturned substantial amounts of evidence implicating the suspects,” said Sheriff Mast previously. “The investigation snowballed.”

A task force involving both sheriff’s offices from Oceana and Muskegon counties, the Michigan State Police and the FBI were involved.

The male who fled the home when startled by the father was a 16-year-old who was not accused of any crimes.

The girl met one of the suspects through social media.

McKinney was released from jail after posting a $75,000/cash/surety bond. His sentencing is set for Oct. 18 at 8:50 a.m.

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