Petoskey man facing sexual assault,
Child Abuse charges
PETOSKEY, MI – A Petoskey area man is facing multiple felony charges in connection with allegations that he sexually and physically abused two young children, respectively.
Jacob John Weld, 29, of Petoskey was arrested last week on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. The charge is a felony which carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. He was arrested on the afternoon of Oct. 10 on the charge.
At the time of his arrest on the sexual assault charges he was out of jail on bond following an Oct. 1 arrest on a charge of third-degree child abuse. That charge is a felony punishable by up to two years in prison.
According to a Michigan State Police affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, the sexual assault charges stem from allegations that Weld sexually assaulted a young child at a home in Emmet County on at least two occasions in August and September of this year. Police said the child came forward with the allegation on Oct. 8. Police further said in the affidavit that when they interviewed Weld, he admitted to the actions with the child leading to the sexual assault charges.
In the child abuse case, Weld is accused of causing injury to a different young child.
In that case, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office deputies said in an affidavit of probable cause that the case was initially referred to police from a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services representative who was investigating a child abuse complaint. In the affidavit, police said the alleged abuse happened on or around Sept. 23. Police said an adult noticed bruising on the back of the child’s leg on Sept. 29. Police said the child reported having been spanked with a belt by Weld.
Police said when they interviewed Weld he said he “probably used a belt to spank (the child).”
Weld was originally released from jail on Oct. 1 after posting a $50,000 surety bond. But he now remains lodged in the Emmet County Jail in connection with the sexual assault case, for which a new bond has been set at $2 million.
Weld is slated to face preliminary examinations in both cases on Oct. 24 in 90th District Court.