District Court authorities set a $250,000 bond for an Oklahoma man accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl.
Trent D. Perault, Jr., 27, was arraigned on single counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving penetration and first-degree child abuse.
Perault could spend the rest of his life behind bars if he is convicted of the criminal sexual conduct charge. The child abuse charge is a felony that carries a maximum 15-year sentence.
He must return to court for a 9 a.m. Monday, July 27, preliminary hearing.
Gladwin police arrested Perault early Sunday after an investigation that began Saturday when the tot's mother and Perault, who is the mother's boyfriend, took the child to the emergency room at Mid Michigan Medical Center - Gladwin for treatment of injuries to her vaginal area, said Chief Charles P. Jones.
Doctors in Gladwin transferred the youngster to Covenant Medical Center in Saginaw where doctors determined she had been sexually assaulted, Jones said. The victim remains hospitalized.
"During the subsequent intensive investigation, officers learned that the injuries occurred while the victim and her 6-month-old sibling were left in the care of the boyfriend while the mother was at work," the chief said.