Fabius Twp. supervisor charged with sexual assault
KALAMAZOO — Fabius Township Supervisor Ken Linn was charged with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Kalamazoo County District Court Wednesday.
According to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office and Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting, Linn is accused of assaulting a woman while she was physically helpless due to extreme intoxication and unable to give consent, resulting in physical injury.
Linn was arraigned in 8th District Court in Kalamazoo before Judge Christopher Haenicke. His bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety. The charges could by punishable by up to life in prison.
The alleged incident reportedly occurred in August 2010 following a golf outing at Sauganash Country Club; the incident did not occur at the golf club itself. According to Nessel and Getting, a sexual assault nurse exam (SANE) was performed the following day on the victim. The registered nurse collected samples from the victim, and preserved them in a sexual assault evidence collection kit.
However, the kit was not submitted to the Michigan State Police Forensics Lab until over four years later, in December 2014. It was ultimately returned to the Portage Police Department untested in late January of 2015. In 2016, as part of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) testing initiative, the Portage Police Department submitted the victim’s kit to Sorenson Forensics Lab in Salt Lake City, Utah for DNA testing. In October 2021, Kalamazoo’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative received approval from the MSP Forensics Lab to resubmit the victim’s kit for further testing. The result of the analysis led to the charges against Linn.
“Too many victims of sexual assault have waited years to see charges filed in their cases,” Nessel said in a statement. “I am proud to partner with the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor on this important work and I am committed to see justice delivered for these victims.”
“The Kalamazoo Office of the Prosecuting Attorney is fortunate to have the support of the Attorney General and the Michigan Legislature, which allows us to continue to prosecute these important cases,” Getting said in a statement.
A pre-exam conference is scheduled for Nov. 3 and a preliminary examination on November 10 before Judge Tiffany Ankley.
The charges against Linn were filed under the state’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, which was established in 2016 to investigate and prosecute sexual assaults related to previously untested sexual assault evidence kits. The SAKI project, according to the AG’s office, provides sexual assault victims with the opportunity to have their case re-investigated in a “comprehensive, trauma-informed manner.”
Linn has been Fabius Township’s supervisor since 2021, after defeating challenger Dan Wilkins in the Republican primary in August 2020 by just three votes and running unopposed in the general election. He was previously the township’s planning commission chairman.
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