ANN ARBOR, MI (Ann Arbor News, Aug 16,2017): – A former University of Michigan student in the ROTC program was arrested on sex assault charges Tuesday, Aug. 15 when he returned from Taiwan to the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
Jimmy H. Nguyen, 36, was arraigned Wednesday in two cases on three counts of criminal sexual conduct related to sexual assaults reported off-campus while he was a student in 2012 and 2013.
At the time, crime alerts were issued by the university in and police revealed that they had identified a common suspect – described as a 31-year-old University of Michigan graduate student – in three incidents.
The alleged assaults were said to have occurred during parties at the man’s residence in the Zaragon Place Apartments, in the 600 block of East University Avenue, in fall 2012 and early spring 2013.
Three female students told police they drank alcohol and were subsequently assaulted, according to the alerts. Two reported being passed out and waking up during the assault and another reported being inappropriately grabbed.
Two of the three women were in the ROTC program with Nguyen and one of the three women did not wish to proceed with charges, Ann Arbor police Detective Lt. Matthew Lige said.
The cases against Nguyen indicate one incident, for which he is charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct for an incapacitated victim, occurred on Sept. 8, 2012 and another, for which he is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with multiple variables, occurred on Feb. 15, 2013.
Nguyen left the country while he knew the investigation was still underway, but before warrants were issued for his arrest, Lige said. He had not been asked to stay in the country.
Dan Geherin, Nguyen’s attorney, told Washtenaw County District Court Magistrate A. Thomas Truesdell on Wednesday that Nguyen was told to leave the university after a disciplinary investigation and went to Taiwan for a teaching job.
Geherin said his client, a U.S. citizen with family in Florida, returned to the United States, because his visa was expiring
Police worked with the FBI to arrest Nguyen at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, after they were alerted to his plans to return to the United States. He was arrested about 2 p.m. Tuesday.