February 23, 2020

Erickson released on bond


WEST BRANCH — The court modified the bond restrictions for Neal Haviland Erickson, a former area teacher, during a bond hearing July 24 to allow him to stay at his parent’s house, which is 1,000 feet of a school in Ludington.

Erickson previously pleaded guilty to having engaged in sexual acts with a male student before the courts vacated his plea on a technicality. He had requested the hearing to lower his bond amount and asked that he be allowed to stay at his parents house.

Erickson posted a $10,000 bond earlier in the day, and during the hearing the court reaffirmed that he was to have no contact with the victim, the victim’s immediate family or anyone under the age of 18 before acknowledging that he could stay at his parents’ house despite it being within 1,000 feet of a school, which was originally a condition of his bond.

Erickson is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a male student who was older than 13, but younger than 16, between August 2006 and August 2009. During the May 8, 2013 pretrial, Erickson confessed to the crime.

Erickson also faces a seven-year felony charge of using a computer to commit a crime and a four-year felony charge of possessing child sexually abusive materials and a two-year felony charge of distributing sexually explicit material to a minor. The charges had previously been dropped as part of his plea. However, as part of the decision to vacate, they were reinstated.

Erickson is scheduled to be in court next on Aug. 21 for a pretrial hearing at 11:30 a.m.


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