Farmington Hills lawyer accused in second case of sexual assault

Daniel Carlson

BIG RAPIDS — A Farmington Hills lawyer set to stand trial later this month for sexual assault has been arrested and charged in another case.

Daniel Scott Carlson, 34, was arraigned Tuesday on multiple new felony criminal sexual conduct charges.

Carlson was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.

The charges stem from incidents on March 10, 2016, and March 11, 2016, in Morton Township, according to court documents.

The first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge states the alleged incident occurred during a felony, specified as delivery of controlled substances. One third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge specifies force or coercion was allegedly used, while the other third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge states the victim was incapacitated.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony charge punishable by up to life in prison. Third-degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

The Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office unsuccessfully argued for Carlson to be denied bond during his arraignment on Wednesday. Bond is set at $1.25 million or 10 percent surety. A preliminary examination for his new charges is set for Tuesday, May 22, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.

Carlson is scheduled to stand trial beginning on May 15 in Mecosta County’s 49th Circuit Court for a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge stems from an accusation he assaulted an incapacitated woman in October 2016 at a Halloween party at Tullymore Golf Resort, a business Carlson manages. He was first arrested on the charge in March of 2017.

Mecosta County Assistant Prosecutor Amy Clapp stated the new charges arose from the investigation into the case scheduled for trial. These new charges also are from alleged incidents at Tullymore, she said.

“The Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office believes defendants are innocent until proven guilty,” Clapp said.

Clapp said the Mecosta Sheriff’s Office investigated both cases and police are asking anyone else to come forward if they believe they’ve been victimized while at Tullymore.

In response to the charges, Carlson’s attorneys, Lisa Kirsch Satawa, Roger Wotilla and Patrick Cherry issued an emailed statement to the Pioneer:

“Mr. Carlson plead not guilty in March of 2017 and again today. No evidence has proven he is anything other than innocent. We are confident that this ploy of additional charges on the eve of trial is nothing more than gamesmanship. The prosecution has given justice a black eye with its decision to charge Mr. Carlson based on false allegations and to compromise his right to a defense and a fair trial. It is also bothersome that the prosecution chose to issue a press release prior to jury selection and taint Mr. Carlson’s constitutionally guaranteed right to be presumed innocent. Mr. Carlson is thankful to the community, family and friends who continue to support him in defending these baseless allegations.”

In addition, Carlson’s defense team said they do not plan on requesting an adjournment of the upcoming trial.

avatar

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.

Leave a Reply