FLINT (WJRT) (2/8/2019) - A former Genesee County sheriff deputy was ordered on Friday to stand trial on charges that he kidnapped and sexually assaulted a woman he had arrested.
George Zofchak II is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and misconduct in office after he allegedly forced a woman to have sex in her motel room after he arrested her at the Clio Walmart for shoplifting on Christmas Eve.
Zofchack appeared in Genesee County District Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing, after which the judge decided there is enough evidence for the 11-year veteran sheriff deputy to stand trial.
The judge also reduced Zofchak's bond by more than half, which would make it easier for him to get out of jail while he awaits trial. Zofchak had been held on $600,000 bond, but that was reduced Friday to $225,000.
Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell has said Zofchak was dispatched to the Walmart on Christmas Eve with another deputy, where they arrested a male suspect inside the loss prevention office for shoplifting.
Zofchak then removed the man's girlfriend from her vehicle in the parking lot, according to Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. Zofchak handcuffed the woman and put her in the back of his patrol car.
Pickell said Zofchak instructed another deputy to bring the male suspect to the Genesee County Jail and then he took the woman to a local hotel, where she was staying.
"Back at the hotel, he removed the handcuffs and sexually assaulted her," Pickell said on Dec. 28. "He threw her to the bed and proceeded to grope and grab at her."
Zofchak left the woman with explicit instructions not to tell anyone what happened, Pickell said. The victim's sister called the sheriff's office on Christmas Day to report the allegations against Zofchak.
He faces up to life in prison if convicted of the most serious charges.