Michael David Kragor, a 23-year-old resident of Manistee, is accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. He is also accused of taking naked pictures of the little girl, using her mother’s cell phone.
According to Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the girl’s mother, who is Kragor’s girlfriend, found naked pictures of her daughter on her phone that she didn’t take. She immediately contacted Manistee Police to report the situation, suspecting that her daughter may have been the victim of some form of sexual abuse. According to the police, the images were sexually explicit in nature.
Detective Sergeant Wesley Smith of the Michigan ICAC Task Force says that they have been able to determine that the pictures in question were taken at the house where the mother and daughter lived, during the time when they were in residence there. ” We started doing interviews, interviewed several people and determined it was most likely not the mother who took the pictures. We have probable cause to believe it was the live-in boyfriend.” he said.
The live in boyfriend is none other than Kragor, who police say has a previous criminal sexual conduct conviction on his record. Court documents reveal that Kragor was accused as a teenager of first degree and second degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor under the age of 13 and gross indecency. He later pleaded guilty to the charge of gross indecency, the First degree CSC was dismissed, and the second degree CSC was held in abeyance.
The investigation into the most recent allegations began in late June, and nine days later Kragor was arrested. Police say that he may have abused other children in the past, and are asking anyone with information to speak up.
Kragor has been charged with a single count of of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is a 15-year felony under Michigan law, and one count of production of child sexually abusive material, which is a 20-year felony. Kragor is being held in the Manistee County Jail on a $100,000 bond. His next court date is scheduled for July 20th in the 85th District Court.
Sexual abuse of children is considered to be one of the most heinous crimes a person can commit. For this reason, the penalties of a child sex abuse conviction are particularly severe. But aside from the legal penalties that conviction can bring, there are the equally terrible social and emotional penalties that result from simply being charged, even if you aren’t guilty.
Anyone accused of sexually abusing a child instantly becomes a pariah in their community. The accusations can cost them friendships, relationships, and even their job. Later, even if the allegations are proven to be false, the damage is already done. So if you or a loved one have been falsely accused of sexually abusing or assaulting a child, contact us immediately. This is a very time sensitive issue that needs to be handled by experienced professionals. We can help you