After a six-day jury trial last week, William Lavely, 68, of Harrison, was found guilty of two counts criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (against a person under age 13).
Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis reported that Laverty was arrested last August after two of his granddaughters came forward to report he had sexually abused them from the time they were six years old to when they were 13. At the time Lavely was living with his wife in Harrison.
After a preliminary examination in November, Lavely was bound over to circuit Court for trial on six counts of CSC in the first degree for numerous incidents of sexual abuse with the youngsters.
Ambrozaitis handled the case for the People and Attorney Arnold Weiner from Auburn Hills represented Lavely. David Boike of the Michigan State Police and expert witness Thomas Cottrell testified for the prosecution, Ambrozaitis said.
The jury deliberated for about six hours before finding Lavely guilty on the two counts. Following the verdict, Judge Roy Mienk revoked and cancelled Lavely’s bond and remanded him into the custody of the Sheriff’s Department until his August 31 sentencing date.
The crimes are punishable by up to Life, or any term of years, Ambrozaitis said.