Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Deputy Robert Dakin - Newaygo SD







Former Newaygo County sheriff's deputy sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting reserve officer
by The Grand Rapids Press
Wednesday March 11, 2009, 8:15 PM
http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2009/03/former_newaygo_county_sheriffs.html

NEWAYGO COUNTY -- A former Newaygo County sheriff's deputy, accused of sexually assaulting a reserve police officer, was sentenced to 90 days in jail after he pleaded no contest to assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, less than murder.

Robert Dakin, 39, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The original charge, a 15-year felony, alleged he touched a 33-year-old reserve police officer from another agency against her will in 2002.

Dakin pleaded no contest in January and part of the agreement was that the 90-day sentence would be held in abeyance as long as the former cop adheres to the terms of his probation and does not commit another crime.













Updated Former Newaygo Deputy Robert Dakin Will Be Sentenced
Fri, 06 Mar 2009 23:42:00
Big Rapids Biz News
http://www.bigrapids.biz/news/160/ARTICLE/1680/2009-03-06.html

Newaygo County MI - A former Newaygo County Sheriff Deputy and Lieutenant, Robert Dakin, who was charged with one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, will be sentenced on Monday, March 9, 2009.

According to news reports, the female victim in the case, told police that Deputy Dakin was inappropriately touching her at a swimming party at Emerald Lake in August of 2002.

In a report made by the Muskegon Chronicle, the alleged victim is a 33-year-old reserve police officer for another agency, the two were both off duty when the alleged assault took place and it is unknown why it took six years for the woman to report the crime.

Robert Dakin has recently cut a deal with prosecutors and pleaded "no-contest" to assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Big Rapids .biz will be at former Deputy Robert Dakin's sentencing on Monday and bring you the latest news update.

Update - Robert Dakin was sentenced to 90 days in jail at the discretion of the court, but he will not have to serve any jail time unless he violates his probation.

















Newaygo County deputy enters plea to lesser charge
Posted By: WZZM 13 ONLINE
Posted By: Chris Fleszar
Updated:1/26/2009 8:47:51 PM
Posted: 1/26/2009 8:46:01 PM
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/most_popular_story.aspx?storyid=104638&provider=top

NEWAYGO COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- A Newaygo County Sheriff's deputy originally charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct has entered a plea to a lesser charge.

Deputy Robert Dakin is a 13 year veteran of the department. The victim says the incident happened in August of 2002.

Today Dakin entered a No Contest plea to 'Assault with intent to great bodily harm less than murder." His attorney, Frank Stanley of Grand Rapids, says the prosecutor's office is recommending no prison time. He says normal sentencing guidelines are 0 - 9 months.

Stanley says Dakin will not return to work for the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department and will not seek future employment in law enforcement.














NEWAYGO COUNTY -- A suspended Newaygo County sheriff's deputy, accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance, pleaded no contest Monday to a physical assault charge and will be sentenced in about a month.

Robert Dakin, 39, a former lieutenant and department spokesman, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct through force or coercion. The original charge, a 15-year felony, alleged he touched a 33-year-old reserve police officer from another agency against her will in August 2002.

Dakin's no-contest plea, which is treated the same as a guilty plea for sentencing purposes, was to assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, a 10-year felony.

Prosecutors could not be reached for comment.













Sexual assault suspect was a former football coach
Muskegon Chronicle
August 08, 2008 07:16AM
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/08/newaygo_deputy_waives_sex_assa.html

NEWAYGO COUNTY -- A suspended Newaygo County sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance in 2002 waived a probable cause hearing today and was bound to trial in the county's circuit court.

Robert Dakin, 37, who at one time served as a force lieutenant and a department spokesman, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct through force or coercion.

A 33-year-old woman who is a reserve police officer for another agency reported Dakin touched her in a sexual manner against her will in August 2002.

The state police investigated the allegation, but it remains unclear why six years elapsed between the reported offense and the officer being charged.

Dakin was arraigned last month. He is on a paid leave while the case goes through court. If convicted, Dakin could be ordered to prison for 15 years.













Newaygo deputy charged with sex crime
Posted by The Grand Rapids Press
August 07, 2008 20:43PM
http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/08/newaygo_deputy_charged_with_se.html

NEWAYGO COUNTY -- A suspended Newaygo County sheriff's deputy accused of sexually assaulting a female acquaintance in 2002 waived a probable cause hearing today and was bound to trial in the county's circuit court.

Robert Dakin, 37, who at one time served as a force lieutenant and a department spokesman, is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct through force or coercion.

A 33-year-old woman who is a reserve police officer for another agency reported Dakin touched her in a sexual manner against her will in August 2002.

The state police investigated the allegation, but it remains unclear why six years elapsed between the reported offense and the officer being charged.

Dakin was arraigned last month. He is on a paid leave while the case goes through court. If convicted, Dakin could be ordered to prison for 15 years.










Newaygo deputy faces sex charge for 2002 incident
Posted: Aug 7, 2008 04:34 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 7, 2008 04:34 PM CDT
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=8807441

WHITECLOUD, Mich. (WOOD) - Documents obtained by 24 Hour News 8 reveal that a Newaygo County deputy allegedly forced himself on a woman at a party six years ago, the incident that led to his arrest July 31.

Robert Dakin and the woman, an acquaintance, were at a party in 2002 on Emerald Lake. They were both swimming when, the documents say, he forced himself on her and touched her inappropriately.

The documents also reveal a witness came forth and said Dakin admitted this afterward. It's not known how Dakin and the woman knew each other, and why it's taken six years for this to allegation to be made.

Dakin was in court Thursday and waived his preliminary exam on the third-degree sexual conduct charge.











Newaygo deputy waives sex assault hearing
Friday, August 01, 2008
By Barton Deiters
The Grand Rapids Press
http://www.mlive.com/news/grpress/index.ssf?/base/news-43/1217596519100760.xml&coll=6

WHITE CLOUD -- A longtime Newaygo County sheriff's lieutenant who served as the public face of the department has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after an investigation by the state police.

Robert Dakin, 37, was arraigned Wednesday in Newaygo County District Court on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. He is free on bond, pending a probable-cause hearing in White Cloud on Thursday.

According to Newaygo County Sheriff Michael Mercer, the charge stems from an allegation of unwanted touching in a sexual manner of a woman in August 2002. The alleged victim is a 33-year-old professional who served as a reserve police officer for another agency.

The incident allegedly occurred in Brooks Township, which borders the city of Newaygo.

Authorities would not discuss why there was a six-year gap between the alleged assault and charges being filed. Mercer said he only learned of the nature of the allegation on Tuesday. The investigation was handled by state police in the Rockford post.

Newaygo court records show Dakin is free on a $100,000 bond and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Mercer said he has been told by Newaygo County Prosecutor Chrystal Roach to not discuss the case. However, the prosecutor's office claimed it had no information and was not aware a probable-cause hearing had been scheduled.

Roach did not return calls for comment.

Dakin, who has been with the department for 13 years, worked his way to a command position, but earlier this month returned to duty as a road patrol deputy, Mercer said.

Dakin served as the department's spokesman, providing information to reporters on incidents involving the sheriff's department.

Neither Dakin nor the alleged victim could be reached for comment.

Dakin remains on paid administrative leave until the judicial process is complete.










Newaygo deputy charged with sexual assault waives hearing
Friday, August 01, 2008
By Barton Deiters
Muskegon Chronicle News
http://www.mlive.com/news/chronicle/index.ssf?/base/news-14/1217601911323990.xml&coll=8

WHITE CLOUD -- A longtime Newaygo County sheriff's lieutenant who has been charged with criminal sexual conduct also was the head varsity football coach at White Cloud High School before resigning earlier this summer.

Robert Dakin, 37, was arraigned Wednesday in Newaygo County District Court on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. He is free on bond, pending a probable-cause hearing in White Cloud on Thursday.

According to Newaygo County Sheriff Michael Mercer, the charge stems from an allegation of unwanted touching in a sexual manner of a woman in August 2002. The alleged victim is a 33-year-old professional who served as a reserve police officer for another agency.

The incident allegedly occurred in Brooks Township, which borders the city of Newaygo.

Authorities would not discuss why there was a six-year gap between the alleged assault and charges being filed. Mercer said he only learned of the nature of the allegation on Tuesday. The investigation was handled by state police in the Rockford post.

Dakin had been head football coach for two seasons since 2006 and had served previously as an assistant.

White Cloud Public Schools Superintendent Ethan Ebenstein said Dakin cited other items going on in his life as reasons he wouldn't be able to spend enough time to continue as head coach of the football team.

"Honestly, I had no idea this was going on," Ebenstein said.

Dakin's father, also named Robert, is a former White Cloud school board member, having served as board president for part of his term.

Newaygo court records show Dakin is free on a $100,000 bond and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Mercer said he has been told by Newaygo County Prosecutor Chrystal Roach to not discuss the case. However, the prosecutor's office claimed it had no information and was not aware a probable-cause hearing had been scheduled.

Roach did not return calls for comment.

Dakin, who has been with the department for 13 years, worked his way to a command position, but earlier this month returned to duty as a road patrol deputy, Mercer said.

Dakin served as the department's spokesman, providing information to reporters on incidents involving the sheriff's department.

Neither Dakin nor the alleged victim could be reached for comment.

Dakin remains on paid administrative leave until the judicial process is complete.
















Newaygo County Sheriff's lieutenant faces sexual assault charge
WOOD TV
Posted: July 31, 2008 09:56 AM CDT
Updated: July 31, 2008 11:51 AM CDT
http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?s=8766719

NEWAYGO, Mich. (WOOD) -- A deputy sheriff with the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department was arrested and arraigned on a criminal sexual conduct charge.

Robert Dakin is facing a third-degree CSC charge, and has been suspended from the department while they conduct an administrative investigation.

The charge stems from an August 2002 incident where Dakin allegedly touched a woman inappropriately.

Sheriff Michael Mercer told 24 Hour News 8 the allegations against Dakin, 39, came to his attention Tuesday.

Dakin posted bond immediately after the arraignment. The 13-year police veteran is scheduled for his preliminary examination on August 7.

24 Hour News 8 will have more information as soon as possible.













Newaygo sheriff's deputy charged with criminal sexual contact
Posted by Local reports
The Muskegon Chronicle
July 31, 2008 09:26AM
http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/07/newaygo_sheriffs_lieutenant_ch.html

Robert B. Dakin was arraigned Wednesday in Newaygo County's 78th District Court on one count of third-degree criminal sexual contact, the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.

Dakin is a deputy with the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department, and was suspended pending an administrative investigation, according to the news release.

The warrant was issued based on an allegation made of the unwanted touching of a female in August 2002, the release said.












Newaygo County Sheriff's officer charged with criminal sexual conduct
Posted By: WZZM 13
Updated:8/1/2008 7:54:50 AM
Posted: 7/31/2008 8:52:56 AM
http://www.wzzm13.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=96275&catid=2

NEWAYGO, Mich (WZZM) - A Newaygo County Sheriff's Deputy is charged with a sexual offense. Deputy Robert Dakin is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct.

Investigators arrested him Wednesday.

The charges against Robert Dakin date back to August of 2002, but just came to light recently.

Robert Dakin has worked for the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department since 1995. But Wednesday, July 30, 2008, he appeared in court on the other side of the law.

He is charged with criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. That is defined as involving force or coercion.

The alleged victim says the incident happened on or about August of 2002.

Newaygo County Sheriff Michael Mercer says the woman came to him with the allegations and he started investigating. He quickly turned the investigation over the Michigan State Police, who started their investigation earlier this week.

Dakin was arrested, charged, and released on bond Wednesday.

Dakin had served as a Lieutenant with the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department until a few weeks ago when Sheriff Mercer says Dakin asked to become a Deputy again.

During his time as an investigator, WZZM 13 News interviewed Dakin about a variety of topics, including the Amanda Lankey investigation, a series of business fires, and a story about the accuracy of the state sex offender registry. In the time of that sex offender story in September of 2005, Dakin said, "It's one of the worst crimes on the planet, being proactive and getting ahead is what we're all about."

WZZM 13 went to Dakin's home Thursday, but no one answered the door.

Dakin is on administrative leave from the Newaygo County Sheriff's Department pending an administrative investigation.

Dakin's next court date is scheduled for August 7, 2008.








Newaygo County Deputy Arrested, Arraigned
Posted: 7/31/2008
FOX 33
http://www.fox33.com/category/story/?id=139496

Newaygo County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Dakin was arrested and arraigned Wednesday on 1 count of 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Contact.

Dakin is suspended pending an administrative investigation.

The warrant for Dakin's arrest was issued after an allegation made of the unwanted touching of a female in August of 2002.

 








Sheriff's lieutenant charged in sex case
July 2008
MLive
http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/07/newaygo_county_sheriffs_lieute.html

WHITE CLOUD -- A longtime Newaygo County sheriff's lieutenant who served as the public face of the department has been charged with criminal sexual conduct after an investigation by the Michigan State Police.

Robert Dakin, 37, was arraigned Wednesday in Newaygo District Court on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct by force or coercion. He is free on bond, pending a probable cause hearing in White Cloud next Thursday.

According to Newaygo County Sheriff Michael Mercer, the charge stems from an allegation of unwanted touching in a sexual manner of a woman in August 2002. The alleged victim is a 33-year-old professional who served as a reserve police officer for another agency.

The incident allegedly occurred in Brooks Township, which borders the city of Newaygo.

Authorities would not discuss why there was a six-year gap between the alleged assault and charges being filed. Mercer said he only learned of the nature of the allegation on Tuesday. The investigation was handled by state police in the Rockford post.

Newaygo County District Court records show Dakin is free on a $100,000 bond and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Mercer said he has been told by Newaygo County Prosecutor Chrystal Roach to not discuss the case. However, the prosecutor's office claimed it had no information and was not aware a probable cause hearing had been scheduled.

Roach did not return phone calls to her office.

Dakin, who has been with the department for 13 years, worked his way to a command position, but earlier this month returned to duty a road patrol deputy, Mercer said.

Dakin served as the department's spokesman, providing information to reporters on incidents involving the sheriff's department.

Neither Dakin nor the alleged victim could be reached for comment.

He remains on paid administrative leave until the judicial process is complete, which is standard protocol in such a situation.









Posted by The Grand Rapids Press July 31, 2008 17:32PM

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