Attorney: CSC case against Emmett Twp. cop is 'weak'

Updated: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There is new information Tuesday night in the case of a police officer accused of sexually assaulting a teenage relative.

45-year-old Troy Estree--a 10-year veteran of the Emmett Township Police Department--is charged with two counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.

But during his arraignment next week, his attorney argued the case is weak.

Newschannel 3 is taking a closer loo at the court documents to see just where they stand.

Normally, an arraignment is simply a reading of the charges, letting the person know what they're facing, but during Estree's arraignment, his attorney took the opportunity to argue against a high bond by questioning the strength of the case.

State Police say Estree sexually assaulted a teenage relative inside his home on two separate occasions last month, while off duty.

But during his arraignment last week, his attorney, Josh Blanchard, argued the facts of the case are weak, alleging that police didn't even attempt to get Estree's story before arresting him.

Blanchard says they arrested Estree on Wednesday without a warrant being issued, and that Estree sat in the Branch County Jail for 48 hours with no charges.

Blanchard also took issue with the way the victim was interviewed, claiming that "rather than doing a forensic interview, the detective took her into an interrogation room, and engaged in an interrogation."

He went on to say that "she sat down and she named another person who did this. They told her essentially 'we know you're lying, you've got to be lying,' and they kept questioning her until she named the person they wanted."

Blanchard says there's "little evidence" that Estree is, in fact, guilty, and says "there's quite a lot of evidence that he's not guilty."

Ultimately, Estree's bond was set at $150,000.

Estree is currently out on bond, and is due back in court August 22.

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