BATTLE CREEK, MI – A Coldwater man scheduled for trial in a 2013 criminal sexual assault case is facing additional sex crime charges after being arraigned Thursday in Calhoun County District Court, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today. He could be linked to 14 sexual assaults.
Brad Allen Risner, 28, was arraigned on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct – penetration during commission of another felony (kidnapping). The charges stem from incidents that reportedly occurred in Calhoun County during the summer/fall of 2007 and follow a thorough investigation initiated by the Kalamazoo County Sexual Assault Kit Initiative.
Since 2015 the Michigan Legislature has appropriated funds to the Attorney General’s office for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting cases that arise from previously untested sexual assault kits. The Attorney General’s office provides funding to projects in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Ingham, Jackson, Washtenaw and Wayne counties through this initiative.
At the time of the reported incident, Brad Risner was a juvenile on probation after pleading guilty to a 2006 third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge in Calhoun County.
Brad Risner is being charged under the automatic waiver provision of the court rules which allow charges to be sworn in the adult court for the specified juvenile violation of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, due to being 15 at the time of offense. Risner was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct between Aug. 12, 2007 and Sept. 30, 2007 in Homer.
Brad Risner was arrested Thursday by the Michigan State Police and lodged in the Calhoun County Jail. He was arraigned by Magistrate Earl Brutsche in Calhoun County District Court and given a $200,000 cash/ surety bond.
“My office will prosecute those who violate the law, and violent criminal acts will not go unpunished,” Nessel said. “My investigators will continue to seek the truth and ensure that unlawful actions are penalized, laws are upheld and justice is served.”
In addition, Brad Risner is scheduled for trial on three third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges in Kalamazoo County before Judge Pamela Lightvoet. Those charges stem from a sexual assault evidence kit that was collected in 2013, but never tested until 2016.
Officials with the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in Calhoun, Jackson and Kalamazoo counties are continuing this investigation. If anyone has additional information, please contact Kalamazoo SAKI Investigator Mike Slancik at 269-303-8524.