LP probation officer charged with sex crimes

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — A state probation officer was charged with criminal sexual conduct after an investigation by local police into allegations that she’d had an inappropriate relationship with a minor under the age of 16.

Nicole Lyn Kruse, 35, was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court Tuesday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct after a preliminary examination of the evidence against her held before 25th District Court Judge David Zelenak.

The boy reportedly received explicit text messages from Kruse that were
discovered by his mother.
In July, police began investigating incidents that were said to have occurred in May and June, and sent a letter of investigation to the state’s department of probation after receiving a complaint from the department of child protective services.

The activity was reportedly consensual, but children under 16 cannot by Michigan law consent to a sexual activity.

Michigan Department of Corrections information officer Russ Marlan said Kruse, a probation officer assigned to adult offender, was suspended from her position at the Southwest District Probation Office on July 10. No further details were provided other than the suspension was for “alleged work rule violations.”

Kruse is scheduled to be arraigned on information in Wayne County Circuit Court Sept. 10. She was released on personal bond.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)