Michael Joseph Rigot

Michael Joseph Rigot (Photo: Michigan State Police)

Charges: Michigan Man Raped Child's 12-Year-Old Babysitter

January 29, 2019 - 5:12 pm

ONAWAY, Mich. (WWJ) - A 32-year-old man is jailed on charges that he sexually assaulted a pre-teen girl in Northern Michigan. 

Michael Joseph Rigot of Onaway, in the northern Lower Peninsula, turned himself in on a five-count felony warrant on January 22, Michigan State Police said, in a media release. 

The investigation began in June of last year, when police said the the victim, who once babysat for Rigot's child, reported that he had sexually assaulted her when she was 12 years old. Troopers from the MSP Gaylord Post gathered evidence related to the case over the following months, and submitted it to the Presque Isle Prosecutor's Office in November.

Police did not immediately say when they alleged crimes took place.

Rigot was arraigned last Tuesday in 89th District Court on four counts of criminal sexual conduct - first degree, and one count of criminal sexual conduct - second degree.

He faces up to life in prison if convicted as charged.