Man faces 15 years for sex with teen

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — A 23-year-old man admitted in court to one of six counts of criminal sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl and faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced in September.

Hassan Kamel Mougnieh pleaded guilty on Wednesday before Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David A. Groner to one count of second-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. Groner dismissed five other CSC charges stemming from Mougnieh’s encounter with the teen in a parking lot.

Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller said that all evidence and variables factored into the disposition of the charges, and that Mougnieh faces a lengthy prison sentence.

“The plea to Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree is a serious offense that carries a penalty of up to 15 years,” Miller said. “We are satisfied with the resolution of this case.”

According to Taylor Police reports, patrol officers had observed activity in a mini-van at about 10:50 p.m. on May 14 in a shopping center lot near Telegraph and Eureka. Officers reported seeing steamed-up windows on the van that was parked near a closed business, and obvious movement inside.

Mougnieh was arrested at the scene, and the 14-year-old girl was interviewed by officers. Mougnieh was first charged in 23rd District Court and released on a cash bond, 10 percent of $35,000.

Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9 before Judge Groner.

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

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