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Posted on Tue, May 7, 2013 : 8:23 p.m.

Ypsilanti Township man charged with sexual assault

By John Counts


Travis Applewhite

Washtenaw County Jail

A 27-year-old Ypsilanti Township man was charged with criminal sexual conduct Tuesday for an assault on someone under the age of 13 that occurred at a residence in Ann Arbor on March 22.

Travis Applewhite was arraigned on one charge of second-degree CSC in the 14A-1 District Court via video from the Washtenaw County Jail Tuesday.

Magistrate Thomas Truesdell said the second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge is a felony with a 15-year prison maximum.

Applewhite told Truesdell he has never been convicted of a felony and doesn’t have any other charges pending against him. Trusedell appointed Applewhite a public defender and set a preliminary examination date of May 16.

Applewhite was given a 10 percent of $5,000 bond, which means he could get out of jail by paying $500.

Ann Arbor police could not be reached for comment.

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Wed, May 8, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

Under the age of 13? Lock up the creeper.

Jay Thomas

Wed, May 8, 2013 : 6:52 a.m.

Oh great... $500 will get you out on an assault charge. Wake me up when we return to sanity.

Patrick Maurer

Wed, May 8, 2013 : 2:29 a.m.

Truedell should be removed from his position. He sets penny ante bonds and let these cretins back out on the street when they should be behind bars until their court date. This is the same magistrate that set a low bail for the home invaders and they continued to break into several homes before they were arrested again. Talk about a revolving door. This "magistrate" is not doing his job of protecting the public and instead is a "friend" of the criminals.

Matt Cooper

Wed, May 8, 2013 : 10:09 p.m.

Sure the bond can be set high, but the courts have already ruled that bond cannot be set so high that the defendant (who again, has not been found guilty by a jury of his peers) has no hope of ever bonding himself out. To do so would make bond a punitive thing before conviction, and that's simply not how our court system works. The primary purpose of any bond/bail is to ensure the defendant appears at his next court date. Not to lock him up.


Wed, May 8, 2013 : 3:14 a.m.

We're talking about a serious crime against a child 12 years old or younger! $500 is chump change.


Wed, May 8, 2013 : 3:10 a.m.

Matt bail can also be set high for the safety of the public,

Matt Cooper

Wed, May 8, 2013 : 2:54 a.m.

You do realize, don't you, that bail is not used to keep people in jail (because they haven't been convicted of anything), nor is it used as a punitive measure. You know that, right? Bail is used to ensure the accused person will return to court for their next appearance.