Probation officer begins prison sentence

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — A woman who once guided convicted criminals on behalf of the state will spend at least three years in prison for inappropriate sexual conduct with a teenage acquaintance.

Nicole Lyn Kruse, 35, was sentenced Thursday by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Michael M. Hathaway to three-to-15 years in prison. Earlier this month Kruse, a former probation officer, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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.

An investigation began and in July Kruse was suspended from her position at the Southwest District Probation Office. Kruse was 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; 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.

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