Girls allegedly sexually assaulted at campsite

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CUSTER, Mich. (WOOD) — A 43-year-old Coldwater man was arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges after two young girls said he inappropriately touched them.

A DNR conservation officer was flagged down by the alleged victims, 12 and 13-year-old girls from southern Michigan, on Cable Road near Custer Road around 4:48 p.m. Saturday claiming they had been sexually assaulted.

A deputy located the suspect, William Joseph Stempien, at the Scottville boat launch were he was found in possession of hydrocodone pills and was later arrested.

The incident happened at a campsite along the Pere Marquette River in Custer Township where both the girls and the suspect were all camping, according to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department.

Stempien was arraigned on one count of second degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct, and possession of analogues.

He was released from the Mason County Jail after posting a $50,000 cash or surety bond.

Stempien is not related to the victims.

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