Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Woods resident faces three counts of CSC

by Kathy Ryan Staff Writer

December 06, 2012

By Kathy Ryan

Staff Writer

Grosse Pointe Woods resident Roger Ferworn, 55, has been bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court to stand trial on charges he sexually molested a mentally impaired young woman.

Grosse Pointe Woods Judge Ted Metry ruled at a preliminary examination last week there was enough evidence to charge Ferworn with three counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree. If convicted, each charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

An arraignment on the charges has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12. Ferworn remains free on a $10,000 bond, but he must continue to wear an electronic tether. Metry also ordered he have no contact with anyone under 15 years of age, as well as no contact with the victim or her family.

Charges were initially filed against Ferworn in September. At his arraignment, a Grosse Pointe Woods detective testified that the victim’s mother told police she believed the molestation occurred beginning in 2007 and continued for four years. At the time, Ferworn’s daughter and her daughter were friends, and her daughter had spent time at the Ferworn home.

An evaluation by a court officer determined the young woman was competent to provide evidence in the case. The victim, now 19, spent several hours on the stand on two different occasions, facing questions from prosecutors and Ferworn’s defense attorney.

Following Metry’s ruling, Ferworn, on the advice of his counsel, declined comment.