Criminal sexual conduct suspect appears in District Court

Criminal sexual conduct suspect appears in District Court

MARQUETTE — A man accused of 39 counts of criminal sexual conduct and possessing child sexually abusive material appeared in Marquette County District Court Thursday afternoon for his preliminary exam.

43 old Andrew Caron sat beside his attorney, Karl Numinen, as three witnesses were called to the stand. A victim in this case, a female, testified today that Caron sexually abused her, starting when she was 8-years-old.

According to the victim, the abuse lasted for a total of five years until she stopped it. Detectives involved in the case testified about what they found on the digital hardware that was seized at Caron’s home when detectives executed a search warrant last August.

“If I recall there were 43 different items and they ranged from computers to cell phones to micro SD cards, flash drives and thumb drives,” said Det. Edward Smith, a member of the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. “There was an external hard drive that I took apart, went through the imaging process and began to examine it. I found several images and videos of child sexually abusive material.”

Det. Smith added that there were more than three million images on that external hard drive that was recovered by police. A court administrator told ABC 10 Thursday afternoon that the judge is expected to make a decision sometime Friday whether or not there’s enough evidence to bound the case over to circuit court.