Ex-cop’s appeal adjourned to August

Sunday Times Newspapers

SOUTHGATE — Arguments to allow an imprisoned former Southgate police officer to be given bond while his sentence is appealed will wait another month.

A scheduled Thursday hearing before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Annette Berry was delayed until Aug. 3.

Emmanuel Paravas, 43, was sentenced last month to one to five years in prison for misconduct in office. A jury acquitted Paravas of a criminal sexual conduct charge that could have drawn a five-year prison sentence.

Michael J. Rataj, defense counsel for Paravas, said he is appealing both the verdict and sentence, and will ask the court in August to grant bail while he argues the case in appellate court.

Paravas was not granted bond between the jury’s verdict on June 7 and Berry’s sentencing the following week, after which remained in custody and is now a prisoner at the Baraga Maximum Facility in Michigan’s upper peninsula.

The charges against Paravas stemmed from a sexual encounter with a woman he met while responding to a domestic disturbance call in February.