Stanwood man charged with sexual assault


BIG RAPIDS — A Stanwood man is accused of sexually assault a male victim in Mecosta County.

Thomas Arthur Long, 78, was arraigned in Mecosta County 77th District Court of one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident in February in Mecosta Township. Long has a co-defendant who has yet to be arraigned.

The charge states Long and his co-defendant 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.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony with a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.

Bond for Long is set at $750,000. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.


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 or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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