DETROIT - A 28-year-old Macomb County man was being held Tuesday on a $1 million bond on charges that he sexually assaulted and impregnated a girlfriend's 11-year-old daughter.
Trevaun Brooks was arraigned in Mount Clemens District Court on first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
Members of the Macomb County sheriff's enforcement team arrested Brooks on Monday afternoon at a home in Warren, just north of Detroit. A warrant was issued last week after he failed to meet with investigators, Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.
District Judge Daniel Goulett said he felt the high bond was necessary for Brooks.
"He did have opportunity, ample opportunity to turn himself in. He certainly knew this was coming," Goulett said. "If you've been awake at all, it's been in the news for two weeks."
Brooks attorney, Chris Aiello, said that is exactly why he's arguing for a change of venue in the case.
"Everybody in this county is going to think he's guilty just by publishing his picture on the front page of the Macomb Daily every day, electronically and in print," Aiello said. "I understand the public's interest, but I think his right to a fair trial trumps the public interest."
The girl, who now is 12, gave birth Aug. 9 at a Macomb County hospital. She and the newborn are in the care of state Child Protective Services.
Brooks and the girl's mother had been in a relationship and he worked two months over the summer as a contract janitor at her Mount Clemens charter school.
"We don't know how long this relationship was, how long he lived in house with the mother and the victim," Wickersham said.
The girl originally told authorities the baby's father was a 15-year-old acquaintance.
Brooks was arrested at the home of another girlfriend, Wickersham said.
A preliminary examination has been scheduled for Sept. 19.
Brooks' attorney didn't immediately return a message left Tuesday by The Associated Press.
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