Grossi, 54, faces one count of being an authority figure who solicited and engaged in a romantic relationship with a minor. He was ordered held on $5,000 bond and will be required to wear a GPS monitor if he is released from jail. It is unclear if he has acquired the services of an attorney.
Former Pastor Ricardo Strachan of Prophetic Worshipers International Church was arrested on August 15 for allegedly repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old girl.
Strachan, 40, faces one felony count of lewd and lascivious battery on a child between the ages of 12 and 16. He was released on $100,000 bond and is forbidden from having contact with the victim, the victim’s family, or any other minors.
A series of bills currently working their way through the Michigan Legislature are designed to reform the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws. One bill, HB 4158, was introduced in 2017 by State Rep Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Township). It would require a criminal conviction before property suspected of being involved in a crime could be seized.
If passed, the law would apply to property valued under $50,000. As a result, this bill would cover almost all instances of civil asset forfeiture in Michigan and so would give an additional layer of protection to citizens. It would not apply the higher-ticket items usually associated with drug racketeering.
With civil asset forfeiture making a huge comeback under Jeff Sessions and the current justice department, having an understanding of the laws is more pertinent than ever.
Civil asset forfeiture laws vary by state, so depending on where you live, you might not need to worry about it at all. However, with federal laws possibly becoming more far-reaching and strict in the near future, it’s good to know what you’re up against. To start the new year, here are a some facts about civil asset forfeiture that might be surprising to you.
Florida Highway Patrol trooper Daniel Cruz was severely injured on December 10 in a crash that reportedly involved a drunk driver. The driver was identified as John Bencosme of northwest Miami-Dade.