By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR — A 23-year-old Dearborn man who’d admitted to criminal sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl left court last week to begin five years of probationary conditions. Hassan Mougnieh had faced a possible 15 years in prison for criminal sexual conduct.
According to Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Maria Miller, several factors had determined that probation was “an appropriate resolution to the case.” Prosecutors and court officials had discussed the terms with the complainant’s family before imposing sentence Tuesday.
“The defendant in this case had no prior record,” Miller said. “He was placed on probation to (Wayne County Circuit Court) Judge David Groner for a period of five years.”
Mougnieh was taken into custody in May after being found with a 14-year-old girl in a van parked at a shopping center near Telegraph and Eureka roads. Officers reported seeing the vehicle shortly before midnight, with obvious activity inside.
Originally charged with five counts of criminal sexual activity, Mougnieh pleaded guilty last month to second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and faced a lengthy prison sentence.
Miller said probationary conditions included that Mougnieh have no unsupervised contact with minors except for his younger siblings, no contact with the victim and no access to computer equipment. He is to maintain 30 hours a week of employment, attend sex offender counseling and register as a sex offender.
(James Mitchell can be reached at [email protected].)