Two brothers face multiple charges, accused of sexually assaulting young girls
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Two Battle Creek brothers are facing multiple charges after detectives say they sexually assaulted two young girls.
Newschannel 3 was in the courtroom as Scott French, the younger brother, was formally charged.
The French family is known to the Battle Creek Police Department. The older brother, who is also charged in the case, is currently awaiting trial for another sexual assault.
Detectives also say that more victims may be out there and they are hoping they will come forward.
It’s a disturbing situation, one difficult for most to imagine. Battle Creek Police say brothers Scott and Allen French molested two ten-year-old girls multiple times several years ago.
“A relative to the young girls was alerted to the situation and was able to contact the police department,” said Det. Sgt. Troy Gilleylen, Battle Creek Police Department.
Police were first notified of the alleged assaults in 2016. They arrested 29-year-old Scott French on Friday and on Monday he was charged with four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.
“We charged four counts, but that’s not necessarily the true number of instances,” said Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert. “This was an ongoing, it’s alleged to be, ongoing or was ongoing over a period of time.”
32-year-old Allen French is already behind bars. Police arrested him in 2016 after a 16-year-old girl told detectives he raped her at gunpoint on a wooded trail after she got off her school bus.
Allen is scheduled to stand trial in that case in April. He’s also now facing four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in the case his brother is also involved in.
“Our biggest concern right now is whether or not there are additional victims,” said Det. Sgt. Gilleylen, “and that is unknown at this point.”
Because of the serious nature of these incidents, police are concerned that there are more victims. Anyone with information on either Scott or Allen French is urged to call Silent Observer or the Battle Creek Police Department.
If convicted, both men face up to life behind bars.