UMich Professor Peter Chen to face trial, judge finds probable cause | #College. | #Students

Peter Chen, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, appeared in Michigan’s 15th District Court on July 1 for a preliminary examination hearing for criminal felony charges of sexual misconduct. At the hearing, the court found probable cause to believe Chen committed the charged crimes, and his case was handed over for trial in the 22nd Circuit Court of Washtenaw County.

Chen is being charged with criminal sexual conduct of the first degree, which includes sexual penetration with a victim under the age of 13, after being arrested on Jan. 28 by the Ann Arbor Police Department. If convicted, Chen could face life in prison.

According to the AAPD, the victim — a member of a robotics team Chen coached — was 11 years old when the assaults allegedly began in April 2017. The incidents allegedly occurred at Chen’s home through 2018.

15th District Court Judge Miriam Perry oversaw the July 1 hearing, which was previously postponed several times. In a March 4 hearing that was ultimately rescheduled due to evidentiary delays, the court ordered that, although Chen’s pretrial release form prohibited contact with minors, Chen would be allowed to see his children with the supervision of another adult.

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