DEPUTY JOHN YESKA JR. [SAGINAW COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT] Resigned from the Sheriff Department in January 2003, amid allegations that he had fondled a woman while on duty.
Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas denied a warrant request, citing insufficient evidence
FORMER SHERIFF DEPUTY YESKA JR., CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT CHARGES: AUGUST 19, 2009.
Former Saginaw County Sheriff's deputy charged with CSC in Bay County
Published: Tuesday, October 05, 2010, 6:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 06, 2010, 9:01 AM
By LaNia Coleman
The Bay City Times http://www.mlive.com/news/bay-city/index.ssf/2010/10/former_saginaw_county_sheriffs.html
BAY CITY — A former Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputy who resigned in 2003 after being accused of sexual assault now faces similar charges in Bay County.
John T. Yeska, Jr., 40, of Saginaw Township, was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct causing injury, second-degree criminal sexual conduct causing personal injury, and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.
First-degree conduct involves penetration. Second-degree involves touching.
The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred Aug. 19, 2009, in Hampton Township, according to court documents.
Records indicate Yeska met the alleged victim on the Internet.
On the night of the alleged assault, Yeska and the woman met face-to-face for the first time, court records show.
They reportedly went to a Bay City restaurant before returning to her home and engaging in what Yeska alleges was a sexual encounter of mutual consent, records show.
At a May preliminary hearing, Bridgeport attorney Debra S. Kauten, who is representing Yeska, questioned the victim about her mental health.
The case is scheduled to go to trial Tuesday, Oct. 26, before Bay County Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Schmidt.
Yeska was a seven-year veteran of the Saginaw County Sheriff’s Department when, in January 2003, he resigned amid an investigation of allegations he fondled a woman in his patrol car, Bay City Times records show.
The incident allegedly occurred at Pine Grove Park in Shiawassee County, where Yeska allegedly took the woman after a traffic stop in Oakley, records show.
Sheriff’s deputies investigated the complaint but Prosecutor Michael D. Thomas denied a warrant request, citing insufficient evidence, according to Times archives.
Thomas said the case did not meet the prosecutor’s “threshold for issuing criminal charges.”
Neither Yeska nor his attorney could be reached