Charges dropped, refiled in Big Rapids rape case

Douglas Robinson.
Douglas Robinson.

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Prosecutors made a move Tuesday that will delay the court proceedings against a Big Rapids 19-year-old accused of sexually assaulting two teen girls.

Douglas Robinson, 19, was scheduled to appear in a Mecosta County courtroom Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. Instead, prosecutors dropped the case and then refiled identical charges against him.

That restarts the clock on when Robinson’s hearings are required to take place. He is now scheduled for a pretrial hearing on June 17 and a preliminary hearing on June 24.

Authorities say Robinson and 18-year-old Patrick Kettner raped a 15-year-old girl during a gathering at a Big Rapids-area home late last month. Robinson is also accused of a second, less-serious sexual assault involving another girl at the same gathering.

Kettner is still in Guam, where he flew shortly after the alleged rape. He is awaiting extradition back to Michigan.

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