Metro GR man charged with sexually assaulting teen

Taurean Pruitt
Taurean Pruitt's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A 25-year-old who allegedly worked with young people at church and at a Boys and Girls Club is accused of criminal sexual conduct and accosting of a boy who was 14 and 15.

Police in Walker and Grandville say Taurean Gregory Pruitt touched and manipulated the teen’s genitals, asked the child for sex acts and performed a sex act in front of the child.

Police say the acts occurred at Pruitt’s apartment near 32nd Street SE and East Paris Avenue and an apartment south of Alpine Avenue NW and Four Mile Road.

A Kentwood Police Department probable cause affidavit states that Pruitt met the boy through a family member who attends church where Pruitt leads youth music.

Pruitt also lists his occupation as “youth development professional” at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Grand Rapids Paul I. Phillips Club on Madison Avenue SE.

The club’s website lists him as a staff member in 2015, but calls were not returned Tuesday afternoon regarding his current status with the organization.

Taurean Pruitt, Boys and Girls Clubs
A screenshot of the Boys & Girls Clubs website lists Taurean Pruitt as a staff member. (April 11, 2017)

Police say Pruitt has admitted the conduct, but said he was “just playing” about the offer of oral sex.

Pruitt has waived his initial court appearances this week in order to negotiate a possible plea deal with the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office in felony court, where he is charged with three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Pruitt faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted.

He is free on $25,000 bond and has been ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim or any other person younger than 18.