Lansing, Michigan – October 8, 2015 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today charged Alan Donnell Broadnax, 48, of Detroit, with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree for the alleged 2008 rape of a then 18-year-old Metro-Detroit woman, which allegedly took place in Oakland County. This case involves one of the over 10,000 sexual assault kits (SAK) that were left untested for years in a Detroit Police warehouse. It is the first case the Attorney General’s office has received as a result of the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.
“Many of the offenders in these cases believe they have gotten away with a crime but I will continue to work relentlessly with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, and county prosecutors across the state until we have brought these criminals to justice,” said Schuette.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy referred this case to the Attorney General’s office in relation to the Wayne County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force because the assault occurred outside of Wayne County.
The victim in the case was allegedly knocked unconscious by Broadnax and sexually assaulted at a Southfield home. After being forced to walk home, she immediately reported the rape to the Hamtramck police. Since the victim could not remember the exact address of the house where the alleged assault took place, her sexual assault kit ended up in the Detroit Police storage facility where it languished until the kits were discovered in 2009.
“I commend Prosecutor Worthy for her dedication to finding justice for the victims of these horrific crimes,” said Schuette. “As we continue to build on our efforts to secure justice for victims who have already waited too long, it is helpful having a partner in law enforcement who shares my dedication for justice.”
Broadnax was arraigned October 8, 2015 at 8:45 a.m. at the 46th District Court in Southfield. He is charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree for his alleged role in the 2008 rape case. Broadnax was assigned a $100,000 cash bond. If bond is posted a GPS tether will be required. His next court appearance will be a pre-exam conference on Thursday Oct.15, 2015.
Schuette has also requested for Broadnax to be sentenced as a Habitual Offender under Violent Offense-Fourth Felony (VO-4). The VO-4 habitual offender law championed by Schuette allows prosecutors to require a minimum 25-year sentence for certain repeat offenders who have committed four felonies while progressing to more violent crimes.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proved guilty.
Ongoing Efforts to Bring Justice for Victims, Strengthen Public Safety
In 2009, more than 11,000 untested sexual assault kits dating back more than 30 years were discovered in a Detroit Police Department property storage facility, each holding the potential to solve multiple crimes, including those committed by serial rapists. The MSP’s Forensic Science Division has been instrumental in the laboratory analysis of sexual assault kits by working with privately contracted laboratories, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Detroit Police Department, on efforts to test the remaining sexual assault kits. On September 2, 2015 Gov. Snyder and Prosecutor Worthy announced the testing of the shelved sexual assault kits had been completed.
Michigan victims of sexual violence are encouraged to call the national sexual assault hotline toll-free, 1-800-656-HOPE. All calls are confidential, and will be answered by a local counseling center affiliated with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Assistance is also available online at www.rainn.org.
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