ISABELLA COUNTY (WJRT) (12/7/2018) - A 63-year-old Rosebush man is accused of sexually assaulting and impregnating a teenager over 15 months on the Saginaw Chippewa Indiana Reservation.
Byron Dale Bird was convicted in federal court Friday of the following charges:
-- Two counts of abusive sexual contact,
-- Witness tampering,
-- Failure to register as a sex offender,
-- Four counts of committing violent crime after failing to register as a sex offender,
-- Four counts of committing a federal sex offense on a minor after failing to register as a sex offender.
During the trial, prosecutors presented evidence showing Bird sexually abused the teen while he was caring for her between Oct. 27, 2016, and Jan. 13, 2018. The teen became pregnant as a result of the abuse.
Bird threatened to take take away things from the teen that were important to her if she ever told anyone about the sexual abuse.
He previously was convicted in 2017 for sexual interference involving someone under the age of 14 while in Canada. That required him to register as a sex offender in the United States.