Monday, October 11, 1999

Sheriff William Hackel - Charged w/ CSC - Macomb SD







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[Sheriff] William Hackel - Appeal
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Sheriff William Hackel - Sentenced
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Sheriff William Hackel - Trial: Convicted
April 17, 2000









In October 1999, Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel was investigated for raping an acquaintance during a Michigan law enforcement convention. Sheriff Hackel maintained that the sex was consensual.
In November 1999, Sheriff William Hackel was charged with rape, after he failed a polygraph exam.
During his trial in April 2000, Sheriff Hackel falsely maintained that the sex had been consensual. The jury convicted Hackel of rape.
In May 2000, Sheriff Hackel was sentenced to at least 3 years in prison for the October 1999 rape. He served 5 years and was released in 2005.
In June 2000, Sheriff Hackel filed an appeal on his rape conviction...He was still falsely claiming that the sex had been consensual. Hackel's appeal was denied.


 In 2007, the Detroit US Federal Court turned down Sheriff Hackel's request for a new trial on his rape conviction. Hackel was still maintaining that the sex had been consensual.






Sheriff William Hackel has been throwing the words "consensual sex" around for years. In 1991, when male jail inmates broke into the female inmate section of the jail, the male inmates did not rape the women: "There's no question that they had sex," Hackel said, "It was consensual".













Sheriff prosecuted after failing lie detector test
The Argus Press
Owosso Michigan
Mon., May 8, 2000

Mount Pleasant, Mich. [AP] - Former Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel failed a lie detector test two weeks before he was charged with raping a 25-year-old woman at a sheriff's convention.

The FBI polygraph exam showed Hackel failed two key questions: "Did you force [the victim] to have sex with you on Oct. 11th?" and "Did [the victim] ever indicate to you that she wanted you to stop having sex with her?"

Hackel answered no to both questions, according to the Detroit News, which obtained results of the test with a Freedom of Information Act Request.

"It is the opinion of the examiner that the recorded responses ... are indicative of deception," lie detector examiner Samuel J. Ruffino wrote in his report. Hackel was given the hour-long test at the FBI headquarters in Detroit on Nov. 2, 1999.

Hackel, 58, was convicted April 27 by an Isabella County jury of two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A message was left early Monday seeking comment from Hackel lawyer James Howarth.

Polygraph test results are inadmissible as evidence in court, but prosecutors use them when credibility is a key factor, said Steven Kaplan, an assistant Macomb County prosecutor with 14 years experience.

"It's an important tool in a case where it's one-on-one," Kaplain said. "In cases where the evident is not strong, prosecutors will use polygraphs to determine whether they will charge. It's a tool for the prosecutor in determining the validity of the charges.

Hackel, who was sheriff for 23 years, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced May 15.























Sheriff prosecuted for rape after lie detector failure
Ludington Daily News
Monday, May 8, 2000

Mount Pleasant, Mich. [AP] - Former Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel failed a lie detector test two weeks before he was charged with raping a 25-year-old woman at a sheriff's convention.

The FBI polygraph exam showed Hackel failed two key questions: "Did you force [the victim] to have sex with you on Oct. 11th?" and "Did [the victim] ever indicate to you that she wanted you to stop having sex with her?"

Hackel answered no to both questions, according to the Detroit News, which obtained results of the test with a Freedom of Information Act Request.

"It is the opinion of the examiner that the recorded responses ... are indicative of deception," lie detector examiner Samuel J. Ruffino wrote in his report. Hackel was given the hour-long test at the FBI headquarters in Detroit on Nov. 2, 1999.

Hackel, 58, was convicted April 27 by an Isabella County jury of two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A message was left early Monday seeking comment from Hackel lawyer James Howarth.

Polygraph test results are inadmissible as evidence in court, but prosecutors use them when credibility is a key factor, said Steven Kaplan, an assistant Macomb County prosecutor with 14 years experience.

"It's an important tool in a case where it's one-on-one," Kaplain said. "In cases where the evident is not strong, prosecutors will use polygraphs to determine whether they will charge. It's a tool for the prosecutor in determining the validity of the charges."
 














Hackel pleads not guilty
CM LIFE
January 01, 2000

http://media.www.cmlife.com/media/storage/paper906/news/2000/01/10/News/Hackel.Pleads.Not.Guilty-2479189.shtml

Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel pled not guilty to two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct Dec. 17 at the Isabella County Circuit Court.

He is scheduled to appear for a definite final pretrial date at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 1, where settlement may be considered and a trial date set, according to court reports.

Hackel, 57, remains sheriff for Macomb County, though he faces felony charges that could result in 15 years in prison.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police from a complaint made on Oct. 11.

The complaint was filed by a woman who alleges she was assaulted in her hotel room at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 1600 Soaring Eagle Blvd.

According to court reports, "Hackel orally penetrated (the alleged victim) by using force or coercion to accomplish sexual intercourse."

He was required to submit to mandatory HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases tests.The incident allegedly occurred while Hackel was attending the Michigan Sheriffs' Association fall conference in October.

Hackel, who has been Macomb's sheriff for 23 years, was released on a $10,000 surety or 10 percent bond.
















STAY PUT OR RESIGN?
OTHERS ANSWER FOR HACKEL SEX CHARGES DIVIDE MACOMB OFFICIALS
November 19, 1999
Detroit Free Press
As rape charges threaten to limit Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel's effectiveness in a way political rivals never could, opinion was divided Thursday over whether the county's top cop should step down. "All we know at this point are bare-boned allegations," said Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga, a friend and political ally of the six-term Democratic sheriff. "There should be some grace period to come to a decision ...














Macomb sheriff accused of CSC
CM Life
November 19, 1999

http://media.www.cmlife.com/media/storage/paper906/news/1999/11/19/News/Macomb.Sheriff.Accused.Of.Csc-2479534.shtml

Macomb County Sheriff William Hackel, who was arraigned Wednesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman, will face a preliminary examination set for Nov. 23.Hackel, 57, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which requires that he submit to a mandatory HIV/AIDS.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police from a complaint made on Oct. 11, tribal police said.

Hackel could not be reached at press time for comment. The Isabella County Prosecutor's Office stated in a written release that the complaint was filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in her hotel room at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, 1600 Soaring Eagle Blvd.

In reports filed at the Isabella County Building, Hackel "orally penetrated (the alleged victim) by using force to accomplish sexual intercourse."The incident occurred while he was attending the Michigan Sheriffs' Association fall conference last month.

Hackel, who has been Macomb's sheriff for 23 years, was released on a $10,000, surety or 10 percent bond.

He is married with a son.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.


















 

 

 

 

 
Sheriff Accused of assaulting woman
Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Thursday, November 18, 1999



Mount Pleasant, Mich - A sheriff has been charged with raping a woman while attending the states's Sheriff's Association conference last month.

William Hackel, a 23-year veteran sheriff of Macomb County, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The alleged assault occurred at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, about 60 miles north of Lansing. The investigation was conducted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police.

The Oct. 11 complaint was filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in her hotel room at the resort, the Isabella County Prosecutor's Office said in a written statement.

Investigators interviewed more than two dozen people during the five-week investigation. The woman reported the alleged attack shortly after she said it occurred, prosecutor Larry Burdick said.

More than 100 representatives from 60 of Michigan's 83 counties attended the three-day conference to discuss law enforcement standards.

Hackel's wife also was at the conference.

Hackel was not at the sheriff's department office Wednesday evening. His home telephone number is not published. There was no answer at the office of Hackel's attorney, James Howarth.

Howarth had said earlier that Hackel did not intend to step down and urged people not to form a hasty opinion.

Howarth told the Detroit Free Press this week: "This could end his career."

Hackel, 57, who is serving his sixth four-year term as sheriff of the Detroit-area county, was released on $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.















Woman says sheriff raped her in hotel
-The veteran lawman is charged on two counts -
The Vindicator
Thursday, November 18, 1999

Mount Pleasant, Mich [AP] - Mount Pleasant, Mich - A sheriff has been charged with raping a woman while attending the states's Sheriff's Association conference last month.

William Hackel, a 23-year veteran sheriff of Macomb County, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The alleged assault occurred at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, about 60 miles north of Lansing. The investigation was conducted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police.

Statement: The Oct. 11 complaint was filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in her hotel room at the resort, the Isabella County Prosecutor's Office said in a written statement.

Investigators interviewed more than two dozen people during the five-week investigation. The woman reported the alleged attack shortly after she said it occurred, prosecutor Larry Burdick said.

More than 100 representatives from 60 of Michigan's 83 counties attended the three-day conference to discuss law enforcement standards. Hackel's wife also was at the conference.

Hackel was not at the sheriff's department office Wednesday evening. His home telephone number is not published. There was no answer at the office of Hackel's attorney, James Howarth.















Michigan sheriff accused of rape
Rome News-Tribune
Thursday, November 18, 1999

Mount Pleasant, Mich [AP] - Mount Pleasant, Mich - A sheriff has been charged with raping a woman while attending the states's Sheriff's Association conference last month.

William Hackel, a 23-year veteran sheriff of Macomb County, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

The alleged assault occurred at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, about 60 miles north of Lansing. The investigation was conducted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police.














Macomb sheriff accused of assault
The Argus Press
Owosso Michigan
Thurs. Nov. 18, 1999
Mount Pleasant, Mich. [AP] - The Macomb County sheriff has been charged with raping a woman in a hotel while he was attending the Michigan Sheriff's Association fall conference last month.

William Hackel, 57, was arraigned Wednesday on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each offense carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

"Conviction would almost certainly mandate some length of prison term," Prosecutor Larry Burduck told The Detroit News.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police from a complaint made on Oct. 11, tribal police said. Tribal police conducted the investigation because Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant where the attack allegedly occurred is on tribal property.

Hackel surrendered to authorities Wednesday afternoon.

Hackel, who has been the sheriff for 23 years, was released on a $10,000 bond. A preliminary examination is scheduled for Tuesday.

The complaint was filed by a woman who alleges she was sexually assaulted in her hotel room at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, the Isabella County Prosecutor's Office said in a written statement.

Investigators interviewed more than two dozen people during the five-week investigation. The woman reported the alleged attack shortly after she said it occured, Burdick said.

Hackel was not immediately questioned by police.

More than 100 representatives from 60 of Michigan's 83 counties attended the three-day event to discuss law enforcement standards and hear speakers. Hackel's wife also was at the conference.

Macomb County Prosecutor Carl Marlinga, a close friend and political ally of Hackel, called Wednesday "the saddest day of my political career." But he said he believes the judicial system will work to find the truth.

"I'm perfectly torn in half on this," he told The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens. "Bill Hackel is my friend, but I also don't believe police or prosecutors would bring forward a charge unless it's being brought in good faith."

Hackel was not at the sheriff's department office Wednesday evening. His home telephone number is not published. There was no answer at the office of Hackel's attorney, James Howarth.

Howarth had said earlier that Hackel did not intend to step down and urged people not to form a hasty opinion.

But he told the Detroit Free Press on Thursday: "This could end his career."

Hackel, who has a son who works for the sheriff deparmtnet, was elected sheriff in 1976.










Prisoners break in to have sex
Lewiston Tribune
Saturday, April 13, 1991

Mount Clemens, Mich - Eight prisoners broke into the women's section of the Macomb County Jail and had sex with eight female inmates, authorities said.

The incident was discovered when the male inmates scrambled back to make bed check Tuesday night, jail administrator Donald Amboyer said. The male inmates were awaiting transfer to the Phoenix Correctional Facility at Plymouth. They broke into a closet, descending a plumbing shaft to a closet one floor below and broke knobs off a closet there to get into the women's section.

They stayed in the woman's quarters about a half hour, Sheriff William H. Hackel said. "There's no question that they had sex," Hackel said. "It was consensual."
 

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