Plea deal sets sentencing for former probation officer

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — A former state probation officer is scheduled to be sentenced this week for up to 15 years in prison for inappropriate sexual conduct with a teenage acquaintance.

Nicole Lyn Kruse, 35, pleaded guilty Nov. 5, to second-degree criminal sexual conduct before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael Hathaway. Kruse had been arraigned in August on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Those charges were dismissed by the court under a plea reduction agreement reached earlier this month.

Kruse faces up to 15 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing Thursday. Among the variables for second-degree CSC is sexual contact with a person between the ages of 13 and 16 years of age who resides in the same household. The relationship was reportedly consensual, but children under 16 cannot by Michigan law consent to sexual activity.

According to court and police records, allegations had been made that Kruse had sexual contact with a 14-year-old acquaintance in May and June. The boy reportedly received explicit text messages from Kruse that were discovered by his mother.

Letters had been written and a complaint filed with the state’s department of probation and child protective services. In July Kruse was suspended from her position at the Southwest District Probation Office, and the investigation resulted in charges filed in 25th District Court, and Kruse was bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court.

A jury trial had been scheduled for December on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, punishable by 25 years or more in prison, before Kruse pleaded guilty to second-degree CSC.

Kruse was remanded to custody pending Thursday’s sentencing.

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