SAGINAW, MI - Accused of sexually assaulting a child when he himself was a minor, a Saginaw teenager is now charged as an adult with a life offense.
Spencer W. Thomas Jr., who turned 18 in May, was arrested by police on Sept. 3 on a warrant issued the prior day. The day of his arrest, Thomas appeared in Saginaw County District Court for arraignment on one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with multiple variables.
The charge involves penetration and is punishable by up to life imprisonment.
Prosecutors said the charge stems from Thomas sexually assaulting a "young girl when he was a juvenile." The assaults took place between 2017 and earlier this year and occurred within the city of Saginaw, prosecutors said.
The alleged victim is currently 13. She would have been 9 or 10 in 2017 when Thomas would have been 13 or 14.
Police began investigating the sexual assault complaint in July of this year. Prosecutors declined to say how Thomas had access to the girl.
Thomas' arraigning judge denied granting him bond. Thomas is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 13.Read more: Man accused of running drug house in Bay City with 'social worker' girlfriend, nurse enters plea deal Saginaw woman charged with shooting another woman during summer 'parking lot party' Probationer breaks into 6 northern Bay County homes in search of drugs, sheriff says