2013-08-29 / Front Page

2 face charges related to minor

MANISTIQUE – A Manistique man and his estranged wife are facing felony charges in relation to an incident involving the alleged accosting of a minor last year. The man was arraigned in 93rd District Court on Monday; his wife was arraigned on Wednesday.

Daniel L. McDougle, 49, of 7334W Riverview Dr., appeared in court on two felony and one misdemeanor charge relating to an incident occurring in Hiawatha Township in August 2012.

McDougle faces: one count of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child less than 16 years of age for immoral purposes, a felony punishable with up to four years in prison and/or a fine of $4,000; and one count of conspiracy with the co-defendant, to commit the above offence of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child less than 16 years of age for immoral purposes, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The third count – aggravated indecent exposure – is a high court misdemeanor, punishable, in most cases, as a felony, with up to two years in prison and/or a fine up to $2,000.

If convicted of the charges, McDougle will also be forced to register as a sex offender.

Judge Mark E. Luoma set McDougle’s preliminary hearing for Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. McDougle indicated he would like to waive his preliminary hearing and was in the process of retaining an attorney.

Noting an attorney could file a waiver to the preliminary hearing, Luoma noted that such a waiver would likely be granted, due to the nature of the charges.

McDougle’s bond was continued, and he was reminded that he may not use alcohol or controlled substances or contact the alleged victim as a condition of that bond.

Kathy J. McDougle, 40, of 5225 18.9 Lane in Gladstone, was arraigned in court Wednesday, after failing to appear during her scheduled hearing Monday. Following her failure to appear Luoma revoked her bond and issued a warrant for her arrest.

McDougle appeared from jail via teleconference Wednesday, and was arraigned on: one count of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child less than 16 years of age for immoral purposes, a felony punishable with up to four years in prison and/or a fine of $4,000; and one count of conspiracy with the co-defendant, to commit the above offence of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child less than 16 years of age for immoral purposes, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

The alleged incident also occurred in August 2012. McDougle will be forced to register as a sex offender if convicted.

Luoma reinstated McDougle’s bond and scheduled her for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 4 at 9:30 a.m.

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