Schuette Files for Reinstatement of Charges Against CMU Sexual Assault Suspect

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MOUNT PLEASANT, MI – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today filed a motion in Isabella County to reinstate three felony charges against Ian Elliott, 24-years-old, of Cheboygan, Michigan.Ian Elliott

Ian Daryl Elliot was originally charged with two felony counts of sexual misconduct in the third degree and one felony count of assault with attempt to penetrate against relating to an alleged 2016 assault that occurred on September 1, 2016 in Mt. Pleasant, near the campus of Central Michigan University.

Elliott was previously charged by then Isabella County Prosecutor Risa Hunt-Scully on January 9, 2017. The case was then bound over to Circuit Court by Isabella County District Judge Paul H. Chamberlain, and scheduled for a jury trial on May 7, 2018. However, the case was dismissed by an interim prosecutor on April 6, 2018. As the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State of Michigan, Schuette reserves the right to intervene in any case statewide and is doing so in this case.

“Reinstating these charges is about justice for survivors of sexual assault and making sure that those that hurt others know the consequences of their actions,” said Schuette.

A hearing date on the motion to set aside the dismissal, resume proceedings and set the case for trial is set for November 16, 2018 at 1:45 pm in front of Isabella County Circuit Court Judge Mark H. Duthie.

Elliott was a 22-year-old student at Central Michigan University at the time of the alleged assault. The assault was alleged to have occurred at an off-campus apartment in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

The victim, then a fellow CMU undergraduate student, underwent a sexual assault nurse examination at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital and informed police that she believed she had been assaulted.

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