Hearing to confirm sexual misconduct charges

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — Whether a man faces up to 15 years in prison for alleged sexual misconduct with a teenage girl will be determined at a hearing next month.

Hassan Kamel Mougnieh on Wednesday was granted an adjournment as requested by defense counsel Doraid Elder. A disposition conference will be held July 9 before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David A. Groner.

Mougnieh was charged earlier this month with five counts of criminal sexual conduct for having alleged relations with a 14-year-old girl in a Taylor parking lot last month.

Mougnieh pleaded not guilty to three counts of third-degree and two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A trial date has yet to be set, Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said, pending the outcome of the disposition conference.

“Sometimes a case can be resolved in the arraignment courtroom,” Miller said. “If it is not resolved it is blind-drawn to a trial courtroom.”

According to police reports, patrol officers took Mougnieh into custody about 11 p.m. May 14, when he was discovered in a minivan with a 14-year-old girl outside a closed business near the intersection of Telegraph and Eureka.

Mougnieh remained free on bond — 10 percent of $35,000 — and restricted from having contact with the girl and her family, or any contact with minor children without an adult present.

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