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Washtenaw County Sheriff's deputy accused of sex assault as Eastern Michigan student

A Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Deputy is accused of committing sexual assaults while he was a student at Eastern Michigan University.

Deputy D’Angelo McWilliams, 24, of Canton was arraigned on charges of criminal sexual conduct and domestic violence Wednesday at Washtenaw County’s 14A-1 District Court.

The charges stem from incidents involving three Eastern Michigan University students while McWilliams was a student there himself, Assistant Washtenaw County Prosecutor John Vella said during the arraignment while arguing bond.

Vella requested that McWilliams be kept from contact with Dustyn Durbin, a former EMU student who was charged with nine counts of criminal sexual conduct last week for incidents reported at the Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity house location.

There is a relationship between Durbin and McWilliams, and involved fraternities, Vella said. 

Douglas Gutscher, McWilliams' attorney, said the charges involved an ex-girlfriend as well as incidents at a fraternity house. 

He said his client started a Title IX investigation and was cleared, and also had the raised the issue during his hiring at the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. 

His client denies the allegations, he said. 

McWilliams appears to have been hired by the sheriff's office within the last year or so. 

On May 3, 2019, the sheriff's department posted on Facebook that McWilliams was their newest employee.

McWilliams is on administrative leave without pay from the sheriff’s office, said sheriff’s office director of community engagement Derrick Jackson. An internal investigation will also be conducted. 

Magistrate Elisha Fink gave McWilliams a bond of 10% of $50,000, the court confirmed. 

Last week, Durbin, 23, of Monroe was charged with nine counts of criminal sexual conduct for reported incidents with seven women between Nov. 1, 2015, and May 12, 2019.

More: Man charged with 9 sex assaults involving 7 women while at Eastern Michigan University

Durbin was given a bond of 10% of $150,000.

Durbin and McWilliams are both set to appear again in court for Aug. 13 probable cause conferences and Aug. 18 preliminary examinations, the court confirmed. 

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