Co-defendant in sexual assault case arrested

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BIG RAPIDS — A Big Rapids man accused of sexually assaulting a male victim has been charged in Mecosta County.

Terry James Harriman, 26, was arraigned Thursday on one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving an incapacitated victim.

Harriman allegedly committed an assault against the victim with the help of a co-defendant, Thomas Arthur Long, 78, of Stanwood.

In November, Long was arraigned on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident in February in Mecosta Township.

Harriman’s charge states he knew or had reason to believe the male victim was mentally incapable.

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Long’s charge states he and Harriman allegedly aided or abetted one another in the act and had reason to know the victim was physically helpless, mentally incapacitated or mentally incapable.

The case was investigated by the Michigan State Police.

Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony with a maximum penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Bond for Harriman is set at $150,000. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court. Long remains lodged at the Mecosta County Jail.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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