A man who is a candidate vying for a seat on the Kent County Board of Commission may be getting a seat in jail after being charged with felony gross indecency.

What is Felony Gross Indecency in Michigan?

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It would help to understand what the state of Michigan considers a felony gross indecency charge. There are lots of things people consider gross so let's find out what Michigan law has to say.

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A felony gross indecency charge, if convicted is considered a sex crime in Michigan. The charge covers a lot of ground like the fact that it involves lewd, or lascivious behavior.

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There are two categories felony gross indecency fall in: One is committing a sex act in public and the second is committing a sex act involving a minor even if the act was committed in private.

Committing a sex act in public includes:

  • Sexual intercourse
  • Cunnilingus
  • Fellatio
  • Masturbation
  • Touching a private part of the body
  • Sexual penetration in a public location, such as a rest stop, bathroom, and in a park.
  • If a member of the community sees the act

Committing a sex act involving a minor:

  • Inducing a minor to engage in activity that provides sexual pleasure for an adult.

For the rest of this story, we will focus on the first one, committing a sex act in public.

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Man Running for Kent County Commissioner Facing Gross Indecency Charge

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When campaigning for public office, it is probably not a good idea to allegedly commit a sex crime. According to FOX 17, David Lee Boelkes is charged with allegedly committing felony gross indecency. If convicted Boelkes could be incarcerated for up to 5 years.

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Court records indicated that an officer discovered a group participating in sexual activities at Buck Creek Nature Preserve in Wyoming, on June 19. Boelkes was allegedly involved. Boelkes will be in front of a judge on July 18.

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