TITTABAWASSEE TWP, MI — A Berrien County man who formerly worked as a substitute teacher in Tittabawassee Township is accused of sexually assaulting a minor student in Saginaw County more than a decade ago.
Anthony D. Meyer, 37, is charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a relation. The charge involves penetration and is a life offense.
Tittabawassee Township Police Chief David Simon said Meyer was a student teacher and substitute for Freeland Community Schools when it is alleged he had inappropriate relations with a 15-year-old student.
The three charges relate to three incidents that occurred between December 2008 and August 2009, Simon said. Two of the incidents occurred at a residence in Tittabawassee Township and the third occurred at Meyer’s then-Saginaw Township residence, Simon added.
None of the allegedly illicit incidents occurred on school property, Simon said.
The alleged victim contacted police in June of this year, prompting their investigation, Simon said.
Freeland Community Schools Superintendent Matt Cairy said he could confirm Meyer previously worked as an assistant track coach for the district and did work as a substitute teacher at least once.
Meyer subbed through PCMI as a subcontracted employee, Cairy said, referring to an agency that provides schools with substitute teachers.
“I don’t know how many placements he had in Freeland or not,” Cairy said.
Simon added Meyer is not currently a teacher.
“We do not believe he is currently employed as an educator,” he said. “He’s not certified as a teacher that we could find, so we don’t believe he’s currently teaching.”
At Meyer’s arraignment before Saginaw County District Judge Elian E.H. Fichtner on Wednesday, Oct. 28, defense attorney Joseph Albosta entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.
Albosta asked the judge for a reasonable bond, saying Meyer has no criminal record, is employed, and has strong family support.
Saginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Brooke Kozlowski argued Meyer does not live in the area and his home in St. Joseph is “relatively close to the Indiana border.” She asked that if he’s released on bond, he be placed on a GPS tether.
Albosta told the judge Meyer has two small children and is not a flight risk.
Judge Fichtner set Meyer’s bond at $75,000 per charge for a total of $225,000 cash-surety. If he posts it, he is not to have contact with any children, exempting his own children.
Speaking with MLive-The Saginaw News, Albosta maintained his client’s innocence.
“Tony is absolutely stunned about these charges,” he said. “He adamantly denies them. We’re obviously taking them very seriously and are putting together a team to fight these charges. Personally, I think it’s a shame these mere accusations are basically going to ruin his life in this day and age.”
Simon said his officers worked with the Michigan State Police, which coordinated Meyer’s arrest by the 5th District Fugitive Team. The chief also encouraged anyone with additional information, “either as a witness or a victim,” to call the Tittabawassee Township Police Department at 989-695-9623.
Meyer’s next court date is pending.
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