Petoskey Man Arrested on 4 Counts in Criminal Sexual Conduct Investigation

EMMET COUNTY, MI – On Wednesday July 1st, 2015, at approximately 11:00 p.m., the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Criminal Sexual Conduct complaint at a residence in Resort Township, according to Sheriff Pete Wallin. criminal-sexual-conduct

The investigation alleges that Craig Edward Mercel, 33-years-old, Petoskey, MI, had sexually assaulted a minor child under the age of thirteen.

Deputies attempted to locate Mercel, but during the investigation Mercel had fled Emmet County.

The Emmet County Prosecutors Office issued a four count felony warrant for CSC- First Degree with Person Under Thirteen, two counts of CSC- Second Degree with Person Under Thirteen, and CSC – Assault With Intent to Commit Sexual Penetration.

Mercel was located and arrested in Antrim County on Friday, July 3rd, 2015 by Emmet County Sheriff’s Deputies, with the assistance of the Antrim County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Harbor Springs Police Department.

Mercel will be arraigned in 90th District Court on Wednesday, July 15th, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. and remains lodged in the Emmet County Jail on a $50,000 cash or surety. The Sheriff’s Office will be seeking additional charges on a male who lied to Deputies and assisted Mercel to evade capture.

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