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Merrill Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting a Child

A 25-year-old man is looking at life in prison for the sexual assault of a child.

On June 3, an eight-year-old girl told her mother she was sexually abused in Chapin Township by Brandon Johnson of Merrill. The mother immediately notified police, who arrested Johnson the following day. He was arraigned Wednesday, June 5 on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13. A mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years would be imposed on a conviction due to the child’s age.

Johnson is being held in the Saginaw County Jail on a $50,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing June 19.


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