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Posted on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 : 4:30 p.m.

Ann Arbor man accused of sexually assaulting 15-year-old girl

By Lee Higgins

A man is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl he knows on Saturday night at an East William Street home, Ann Arbor police said.

David Putman, 28, of Ann Arbor, was arraigned Sunday morning at the Washtenaw County Jail on three counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

He remains at the jail, where he is being held on a $50,000 cash bond, jail officials said this afternoon.



Ann Arbor police Det. Dave Monroe, who is listed in court records as the investigator in the case, could not be reached for comment today.

At Sunday's arraignment, Putman told Magistrate Mark Nelson that he is single, does not have children and is unemployed. Nelson said he would appoint a public defender to represent Putman.

According to court records, Putman remains under investigation because at least one other person has made similar allegations against him.

He has previously been convicted of assault and battery and malicious destruction of property, records show.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison on each felony count. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 7.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and email at



Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 8:36 p.m.

Two of the three "most popular" comments are "Name withheld." Would love to understand the thought (?) process involved on this one.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 4:31 p.m.

"He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."( Book of John, Chapter 8, verse 7 ). I have looked at the photo image of this young man with a sense of pain. If a man is arrested for a crime, it takes away his sense of respect and dignity. I am not demanding that we must preach Bible or run our legal system using Biblical Principles. Jesus speaks about the nature of sin. Man acts sinfully in his thoughts using his eyes. Jesus suggested that it would be better to remove the eyes, if man cannot resist his lustful thoughts. But, many of us are not entitled to cast stones as we are not free of sin in our thoughts. I speak about spiritual education in the context of developing harmonious human relationships. If I treat myself with respect and dignity, I would not permit my body to indulge in acts or behavior that undermines the respect and dignity that I have attached to my physical identity. Sexual behavior is no exception. Respect, trust, confidence, and dignity must be preserved in thoughts that are generated by feelings of sexual attraction. It is like when you drive a car or motor vehicle, it is prudent to know that the brakes work. The purpose of mental health is to promote healthy social relations and interactions. We can teach these principles in Schools to protect the dignity of our young people, the future of the Nation.


Wed, Aug 31, 2011 : 5:50 p.m.

I agree that the U.S. Constitution is the Supreme Law of the nation. But, it may not help young people to formulate their social behavior and social interactions. As a proponent of 'Individualism', I believe that the individual exists for his own benefit and not to serve the purpose of the community or the nation. Individual must profess self-love and place his value and dignity above all other things including his own feelings of sexual attraction towards others.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 6:26 p.m.

"I am not demanding that we must preach Bible or run our legal system using Biblical Principles". That's great. Cause there's this whole Constitution thing that says we're not gonna do that.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 5:55 p.m.

Words. There are a lot of them. Paragraphs. There is but one.

Some Guy in A2

Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

Wow. I know him too. I really wish I could say otherwise, but I can't say I am surprised. If he is convicted of CSC, I only hope they make him get a prison job to pay for his stay because knowing his work ethic like I do, I really don't want to foot the tax bill for his bed, 3 squares, and a roof.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 3:54 a.m.

Take a good look at the right ear, lips, and hair line. @ jrigglem, I am wondering the same.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 3:33 a.m.

OH MY GOD! I went to HIGH SCHOOL with him! DAMN. You think you know people... Of course, it's been 10 years since I've seen him. Good lord. I'm shocked. Damn.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 1:53 p.m.

I just read an article about a girl who was murdered years ago in California. It turned out this year it was her classmate that killed her and got away with murder. It was a long string of time before he was caught. A lot of those people knew him growing up. Kind of scary to think you know a person and then you read about him or her here.

Monica R-W

Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 3:16 a.m.

Confusing and interesting picture. Glad this suspect has been caught and will face their day in court.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 2:20 a.m.

if you imagine his hair pulled back, he does seem to resemble the renderings of the rapist~


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 12:22 a.m.

A charge of CSC 3rd could mean that this is a charge of statutory rape-- a 15-year old can not consent to having sex. Is that what is charged here, or are there allegations of force?


Mon, Aug 29, 2011 : 10:46 p.m.

Unemployed and living on East William in the heart of downtown?!?! I work my fingers to the bone and can't afford to get past Eisenhower Pkwy.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

OUT OF TOWN?!?!? That never occurred to me!! I'm slipping in my old age, I'm usually all over that story angle. Thanks.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 5:59 p.m.

He could be just visiting that house. He might even be from OUT OF TOWN

Bertha Venation

Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 4:38 p.m.

The article didn't say he lived on E. William, just that it happened in a house on E. William.


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 12:29 p.m.

oh yeah, because people in poverty are living it up!


Tue, Aug 30, 2011 : 5:50 a.m.

I am sure he makes plenty of money on the public dole.


Mon, Aug 29, 2011 : 8:48 p.m.

does he match the description of the other sexual assaults suspect?