CSC charges against Gagetown man dropped
STANDISH — Two charges of criminal sexual conduct against 29-year-old James Hobbs of Gagetown were dismissed due to a lack of evidence March 11.
Arenac County Prosecuting Attorney Curt Broughton told the Independent March 12 that after meeting with the defense, the accuser and family members it was decided there was insufficient evidence for a conviction, and the case was dismissed without prejudice.
Broughton said because the charges were dismissed without prejudice, they could be reissued in the future if more evidence were to surface.
Hobbs was alleged to have engaged in sexual activities with a female between the ages of 13 and 16 living in the same household as him in Standish Township in 2010 and in Arenac Township in 2009. He was facing one count of first-degree CSC and one count of second-degree CSC before the charges were dropped Tuesday. He was arraigned on the charges in February.
Attorney Garner Dewey represented Hobbs in court.