Details emerge in sexual conduct case against former prosecutor

Posted at 11:28 AM, Jul 16, 2014
and last updated 2014-07-16 11:42:54-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– A former Kent County assistant prosecutor is scheduled to be in court Wednesday, but not for working on a case.

Mark VanderMolen is accused of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct involving a woman.

During a probable cause hearing Wednesday morning, a detective detailed what the victim reported.

According to the probable cause, the victim is a woman who recently moved to Grand Rapids from Iran. She told police she met VanderMolen at a swing dancing event last week in downtown Grand Rapids.

The probably cause goes on to say that the victim agreed to go to dinner with VanderMolen later in the week, but that she only wanted to be friends.

She told police he persuaded her to go back to his house after dinner to watch a movie, and it was then that VanderMolen is accused of taking the victim’s clothes off and assaulting her. The victim said she was able to push VanderMolen off of her and demanded he take her home.

During a recorded phone conversation Monday, the probable cause states the victim confronted VanderMolen about the incident to which he responded by saying there was no doubt what would have happened next. According to detectives, VanderMolen apologized and explained he had not been with a woman in a while, and it was a reflex.

The former assistant prosecutor stepped down in 2011.

The punishment for fourth degree criminal sexual conduct is up to two years behind bars.