Saginaw County sheriff frustrated waiting for DNA results in Campus Village sex cases

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SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) (4/25/2019) - Two more men are expected to be arrested for a sexual assault that took place at apartments near Saginaw Valley State University earlier this month.

Another possible sexual assault happened at Campus Village Apartments just months before and nobody has been arrested. Saginaw County Sheriff Bill Federspiel is feeling frustrated.

"We have victims who are waiting for justice," he said. "We have cases that are solid cases."

Mikkal Essex faces several charges, including first-degree criminal sexual conduct, as two young women claim they were assaulted at the Campus Village Apartments in the early morning hours of April 6.

While Essex sits in jail, three other men have been interviewed by police. Federspiel expects charges to be filed against two of them.

"The third remaining individual who was present, we do not believe took part in any of the physical crimes that took place," he said.

Federspiel believes his detectives have enough evidence without DNA results from rape kits to authorize charges -- a decision the prosecutor's office will have to make. But he's concerned, because his office is still waiting for DNA results to come back in another rape case of a college student at Campus Village.

That case happened back in August at the apartment complex across from Saginaw Valley State University.

"A crime did occur," Federspiel said. "It was this person who committed the crime. We then submitted the DNA. We are waiting for the DNA."

Waiting for results is frustrating for his department and the woman who made the claim.

"So we receive phone calls from our victim, wondering what is going on -- why hasn't anything happened," Federspiel said.

He hopes more state resources are put into Michigan State Police crime labs to speed up the process of getting crucial evidence in all criminal cases.

"The last thing I want to see is a criminal sexual assault suspect who we believe has committed a crime or crimes against victims in our community being on the loose," Federspiel said.

Michigan State Police spokesmen in Lansing did not return messages seeking comment on when Saginaw County authorities can expect to receive DNA results in the August case at Campus Village.

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