18-year-old man charged with 19 felonies in Northern Michigan kidnapping, rape

 James Edward Charboneau
Photo credit James Edward Charboneau (Photo: Michigan State Police)
By WWJ Newsradio 950

(WWJ) An 18-year-old man is jailed on 19 felony counts in the alleged abduction and rape of a woman in Northern Michigan.

On Sunday, July 12, troopers from the Michigan State Police (MSP) Gaylord Post were called to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Cheboygan for a report of a sexual assault.

Troopers interviewed the victim who alleged an acquaintance, identified as 18-year-old James Edward Charboneau of Cheboygan, had driven her to a remote location in Emmet County and sexually assaulted her.

The victim was treated at McLaren and evidence was collected by medical personnel then turned over to the MSP.

Following further investigation, a warrant was issued by the Emmet County Prosecutor's Office for Charboneau. 

Charboneau was arrested Wednesday and arraigned Thursday in 90th District Court in Emmet County on the following charges: six counts of  Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree causing Personal Injury, six counts Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree during commission of a felony, to-wit: Kidnapping — Unlawful Imprisonment, three counts Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree causing Personal Injury, three counts Criminal Sexual Conduct Second Degree during commission of a felony, to-wit: Kidnapping — Unlawful Imprisonment, and one count Unlawful Imprisonment.

Bond was set at $1 millions cash  or surety.

Charboneau remains lodged in the Emmet County Jail awaiting his next court appearance scheduled for Oct. 21.