2014 Larry Currington Assault Case

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Sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw mirror suspect’s 1983 rape case, records show

Sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw mirror suspect's 1983 rape case, records show 2014 Larry Currington Assault Case

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SAGINAW, MI — The facts surrounding the 1983 rape for which Larry D. Currington was in prison nearly 30 years are similar to those of three recent incidents in which Currington now is charged as the suspect.

Currington, 53, appeared before a judge Thursday, Sept. 18, for arraignment on 19 felonies for two sexual assaults and a third assault on a woman that began near the “Hamilton Street area and Cass” in Saginaw’s Old Town district.

In the two sexual assaults, police have said, the suspect kidnapped women who were alone near their vehicles and forced them to drive to Wickes Park on Saginaw’s South Side; the third incident began as such before a citizen stopped the suspect, police said.

Larry Currington arraigned in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault involving a woman in Saginaw's Old TownLarry D. Currington, 53, arrives in court for his Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, arraignment by Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault involving a woman that began in Saginaw’s Old Town district.

A jury in 1984 convicted Currington of four felonies, including two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, for a Nov. 28, 1983, rape that began the same way.

According to court records, the victim in that case testified she was leaving her job at the then-Michigan Bell Telephone building on South Washington in downtown Saginaw about 7:10 p.m. when she saw a man walking across the street in the other direction. When she got to the parking lot, she realized the man was about 40 feet behind her, she testified.

When she reached the first row of cars in the lot, the man jumped behind her, pulled out a knife, and demanded she give him her money, she testified. The man refused to take her purse, however, and said, “Do exactly what I tell you or I swear, I’ll cut your throat, I’ll kill you,” she testified.

The man pulled her across the parking lot as he held the knife to her throat and made her sit down on a wall near a landscaped area of the lot, she testified. He groped her, and then her purse fell to the ground, scattering the items inside, she testified.

The man then told her to get her on the ground behind the wall, she testified. He did the same and then proceeded to rape her, she testified. When he was done, the man looked around, heard a noise, and said, “Shut up or I’ll kill you” before running away, the woman said.

A couple hours later, Saginaw Police Officer Robert Zwingman spotted the suspect coming out of a downtown bar, he stated in a police report. He chased the man for four blocks before an another officer stopped him and arrested him, Zwingman stated.

The man, identified as Currington, denied the officers chased him, saying, “Man, it’s cold out here. I was just trying to get warm,” Zwingman stated. Zwingman located a knife in the vicinity of where Currington was arrested, according to his report; the knife matched the description provided by the victim, according to court records. In addition, the knee area of Currington’s pants were muddy, according to court records.

At some point during Zwingman’s transport of Currington to the Saginaw County Jail, Currington’s artificial right eye popped out and fell to the floor of Zwingman’s patrol vehicle, the officer stated. When they arrived at the Saginaw County Jail, Zwingman asked Currington, who had not mentioned his eye falling out, if the eye was his because Currington’s eye was watering, the officer stated. Currington confirmed the eye was his and placed it in his pocket, the officer stated.

The victim subsequently picked Currington out of a lineup, court records show.

Currington was sentenced in 1984 to 30 to 50 years in prison for the two first-degree criminal sexual conduct counts. He was released from prison on July 17, 2012, and from parole on July 17, 2014, according to county Prosecutor John McColgan Jr. Currington’s parole conditions included him being on tether, McColgan said.

‘Tireless efforts’

McColgan conducted a press conference Thursday after county District Judge A.T. Frank arraigned Currington and ordered him held without bond pending his Sept. 29 preliminary hearing.

The prosecutor did not provide many details of how investigators tied Currington to the three incidents, which occurred on Aug. 19, Sept. 6, and Sept. 14. He did confirm, however, that the Michigan State Police crime lab expedited DNA testing for the case.

Larry Currington arraigned in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault involving a woman in Saginaw's Old TownSaginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan Jr., second from right, conducts a Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, press conference with, from left, Saginaw Police Interim Chief Robert Ruth, Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Ryan Larrison, director of the state police crime lab in Bridgeport, and state police 1st Lt. David Simon, post commander of the Tri-City Post.

“The evidence all points to Mr. Currington,” McColgan said.

Bridgeport Crime Lab Director and 1st Lt. Ryan Larrison, “as well as everybody else, did a great job in expediting and getting this to the forefront where it needed to be and solved and this person off the street,” McColgan said.

The investigation was a collaboration between the state police, the crime lab, and the Saginaw Police Department.

“I commend everyone involved for their tireless efforts in this investigation,” McColgan said.

Police have said that in the first two incidents, the suspect forced  women to drive in their own cars to Wickes Park on Saginaw’s South Side, where he sexually assaulted them multiple times. In the third incident, the assault occurred near the the victim’s vehicle but was interrupted by a citizen who recognized what was occurring. The man fled the area on foot, police said.

“I would also like to commend the citizen who assisted and intervened in the most recent assault,” McColgan added. “The continuing cooperation of the community is appreciated in helping in the fight to stem the violence here in Saginaw.”

New Image sexual assault SaginawPolice released this sketch of a man believed to be the suspect in three sexual assault incidents.

Following the third incident, police released a sketch of the suspect and described him as a black male, standing about 5 feet 10 inches and weighing approximately 180 pounds, in his mid-to-late 30s with a large forehead, no facial hair, a square chin, and wearing dark clothing.

Currington shaved his head after he was lodged in the Saginaw County Jail, authorities said, and he had a thin mustache when he appeared in court Thursday afternoon.

The incidents that Currington is charged with committing aren’t the only ones to have recently began in Old Town’s bar district and ended in Wickes Park. Gregory D. Agee is serving a minimum of 100 years in prison for carjacking and kidnapping a woman in the rear parking lot of McDonald’s at South Hamilton and Mackinaw early Thanksgiving Day 2012 and then raping her near Wickes Park.

McColgan warned citizens “against being complacent” even though Currington is in custody.

“We can rest easier with that fact,” McColgan said. “However, crime is always looking for an opportunity. Don’t provide that opportunity. Be aware of your surroundings, keep your eyes open, travel in pairs if you can. Again, don’t provide that opportunity for crime. Together, we will tackle the crime problem that exists in our community.”

As they did with Agee, prosecutors are charging Currington as a violent fourth-or-subsequent-time offender, a status that makes his mandatory minimum sentence 25 years in prison.

Larry Currington arraigned in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault involving a woman in Saginaw's Old TownSaginaw County Prosecutor John McColgan, right, listens as Larry D. Currington, 53, is arraigned by Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014, in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault involving a woman that began in Saginaw’s Old Town district.

In connection with the Aug. 19 incident, Currington is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, two counts of first-degree and a single count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, extortion, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

His arrest warrant alleges he used a machete to steal money from a woman and force her to drive her car to Wickes Park, where he sexually assaulted her.

In the Sept. 6 incident, Currington is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, three counts of first-degree and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and extortion.

His arrest warrant alleges he used a knife to steal money from a woman and then force her to drive her car away from the area in a similar fashion to Wickes Park, where he sexually assaulted her multiple times, including once with the knife.

In the Sept. 14 incident, Currington is charged with attempted carjacking, attempted kidnapping, and felonious assault, or assault with a dangerous weapon. His arrest warrant alleges he used a knife to assault a woman prior to the civilian getting involved.

“Everyone needs to be aware,” McColgan said. “If it hadn’t been for the civilian in the last assault, who knows where that would have ended up.”

— Andy Hoag covers courts for MLive/The Saginaw News. Email him at ahoag@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter @awhoag

 

2014 Larry Currington Assault Case

Witnesses recall fake eye of man charged in sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw

Witnesses recall fake eye of man charged in sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw 2014 Larry Currington Assault Case

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SAGINAW, MI — It’s Larry D. Currington’s eyes, multiple women say, that make him stand out as the person they say assaulted them and sexually assaulted them in a series of incidents that began in Saginaw’s Old Town district.

Asked in court to identify the man who assaulted them in August and September, three women on Monday, Oct. 13, pointed to Currington’s eyes, one of which is artificial, in their identifications.

“All I saw was the knife,” a 22-year-old woman told Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson. “The knife and those eyes.”

Larry D. Currington removed his glasses so witnesses could identify him during his Oct. 13, 2014, preliminary hearing in front of Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson. Currington, 54, was charged with 19 felonies in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault on a woman that began in Saginaw’s Old Town district. Thompson bound him over for trial for 16 of the felonies.

Three women and one of the women’s boyfriends took the stand Monday during Currington’s preliminary hearing, intended for Thompson to determine whether probable cause existed for Currington to stand trial in Circuit Court on 19 felonies in connection with the three assaults.

Currington is charged with carjacking and kidnapping a 35-year-old woman in her employer’s parking lot near South Niagara on Aug. 19 and a 21-year-old woman in a parking lot at South Hamilton and Cass on Sept. 6, driving each of them to Wickes Park Drive near Fordney and the Rust Street Bridge on Saginaw’s South Side, and sexually assaulting them before threatening them to not report the incidents to police.

He also is charged in connection with a Sept. 14 incident when prosecutor’s allege he entered the 22-year-old woman’s car, in the same parking lot as the second incident, immediately after her boyfriend walked her to her vehicle, the woman testified. Currington only was able to tell the woman to shut up twice before the boyfriend pulled him out of the car, the woman testified.

Currington was able to flee, but Michigan State Police troopers arrested him within four days of that final incident. State police crime lab experts were able to match Currington’s DNA to that of his saliva left on the second victim, DNA analyst Joni Johnson testified.

Based on the victims’ identification of Currington and the DNA evidence, Thompson ruled probable cause existed for Currington to stand trial on 16 of the 19 felonies with which prosecutors charged him. Thompson dismissed one of the eight charges Currington faced in the second incident and two of the three charges Currington faced in the third incident.

‘I knew he was going to rape me’

In the first incident, Currington is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, two counts of first-degree and a single count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, extortion, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

Larry Currington preliminary hearing in connection with sexual assaults that began in Saginaw's Old Town districtSaginaw County Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Janetsky questions one of the victims about the length of her attacker’s machete during the Oct. 13, 2014, preliminary hearing for Larry D. Currington in front of Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson.

The victim, the 35-year-old woman, testified she was leaving work about 4:30 p.m. when somebody approached her with a machete and asked her what she had in her purse. The woman gave the man $20 and told him to leave because her co-workers soon would be leaving work as well, she testified.

At that point, the man forced the woman into the back of her vehicle and drove away, she said. The man parked by the Saginaw River near a willow tree, the woman said; while she did not take police back to the location, she was able to pinpoint the location, off Wickes Park Drive, on Google’s Street View feature, she said.

Once there, the woman and her attacker struggled for an extended period of time before the woman was able to get out of the car and roll toward the river bank and try to swim away, she testified. She ended up on the river embankment, though, and was “completely isolated” from any passersby, she testified.

“I knew he was going to rape me,” she said.

The attacker raped her, and when he was done, he repeated her address to her in an effort to convince her not to call police, she testified. The woman assured him she would not call the police but explained she had to go to the hospital because her right hand was sliced by the machete during the struggle, she said.

At an area hospital, she lied about how she hurt her hand, she said. After encouragement from two close friends, the woman called police the next day, she testified.

Shortly into the woman’s testimony, Thompson interrupted county Assistant Prosecutor Jennifer Janetsky and asked the woman if she was able to identify her attacker. The woman said the attacker was not wearing glasses and did not have a beard — two features Currington had Monday. Janetsky pressed her later about whether she could identify Currington, and Currington eventually took off his glasses.

The woman immediately slid her chair back as if she was in fear, and after she composed herself with deep breaths, she said, “Given his facial features, he looks very similar to my assailant.”

‘Very bone chilling’

In the second incident, Currington now is charged with carjacking, kidnapping, three counts of first-degree and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and extortion. Thompson dismissed a charge of attempted armed robbery, which Janetsky had reduced from an initial charge of armed robbery.

The victim in that case, the 21-year-old woman, testified she traveled to Hamilton Street about 10:30 p.m. to see her friends’ band. She sat in her car for about 10 minutes on the phone, and when she ended the call, she went to open her door but realized she had not grabbed her driver’s license. After she reached to grab the license, a man entered her vehicle, pushed her head down, and got on top of her, the woman testified.

The man put a knife with a blade approximately six inches long to her throat and told her to be quiet and move over into the passenger seat, the woman said. The man said he needed a ride, drove to a park, and then parked near a willow tree, the woman testified.

Larry Currington preliminary hearing in connection with sexual assaults that began in Saginaw's Old Town districtLarry D. Currington listens to testimony as his attorney Matthew Frey questions a witness during Currington’s Oct. 13, 2014, preliminary hearing in front of Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson.

The woman asked the man if he needed anything else, but after telling her that her drive back to Hamilton Street was simple, he told her he wasn’t going anywhere until they had sex, she testified.

The woman explained she was a Catholic who had kept her virginity, but the man sexually assaulted her in an effort to somehow prove whether she was a virgin, the woman testified.

She began crying, and the man picked up the knife and threatened to remove her eyes if she did not stop crying, the woman testified. After the woman refused to allow the man to give her oral sex, the man instead sexually assaulted her with the knife, she said.

He eventually gathered his things and left, trying to convince her not to call the police because he let her go, she testified.

The woman called police about two hours later and underwent a rape kit a short time later. Johnson, the state police expert, was able to match Currington’s DNA from swabs collected from the woman, she testified.

The woman explained that Currington had “very, very distinctive eyes” and had “very bone chilling” direct eye contact with one of Currington’s eyes, but his other eye did not stare at her, she said.

The robbery charge that Currington faced was in connection with him asking the woman how much money she had. When she said she only had $6, Currington did not demand she hand him the money, the woman testified.

Thompson cited Currington’s decision not to take the money in dismissing the robbery charge.

‘Bug eyes’

In the third incident, Currington now is charged with felonious assault, or assault with a dangerous weapon. Thompson dismissed felony charges of attempted carjacking and attempted kidnapping.

The victim in that case testified she and her boyfriend were walking back from a bar and that her boyfriend walked her to her vehicle. After she put her key in the ignition, somebody tried to open the door, but she resisted, she testified. The attacker then “ripped” the door open and entered the vehicle, the woman said.

The woman screamed multiple times, and the man told her to shut up twice, she said. That’s when her boyfriend pulled the man out of the vehicle, she said.

The boyfriend testified he had just sat in his vehicle, which was across the small parking lot from his girlfriend’s vehicle, when he looked back and saw somebody enter his girlfriend’s vehicle. He got out of the car even though he had released the vehicle’s emergency brake, grabbed the man by the back of his hoodie, and said, “Who the (expletive) are you, man?”

The boyfriend was about to put his fists up to fight the man, but the man quickly pushed him on his back and fled, the boyfriend said. When he tried to get up to chase after the man, the boyfriend’s vehicle had started rolling toward him, he testified.

The woman and her boyfriend both quickly identified Currington, though the boyfriend needed Currington to take his glasses off. The woman said she recognized Currington because of his “bug eyes” and “broad forehead.”

Janetsky, the prosecutor, cited court rules regarding character evidence of propensity to commit other crimes in arguing that, despite the relative weakness of the first victim’s identification and Currington’s failed third attempt, the judge should bind Currington over for trial on all counts.

Larry Currington preliminary hearing in connection with sexual assaults that began in Saginaw's Old Town districtSaginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson asks one of the victims a question during the Oct. 13, 2014, preliminary hearing for Larry D. Currington.

Thompson disagreed, saying that because Currington only told the woman to “shut up,” he would be assuming what Currington’s intentions were in the third incident.

“While I think you can guess or assume that those were probably his intentions, he certainly didn’t verbalize his intentions,” Thompson said. “He didn’t say anything to her other than to shut up.”

Janetsky argued Currington’s intentions were derived from his similar acts, but the judge again disagreed.

“Well, I’m not going to assume what he would do,” the judge said.

Thompson then referred to the lower penalties that the attempt charges carry compared to the other offenses for which he bound Currington over. Most of the other charges that Thompson bound Currington over on carry maximum penalties of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

If Currington is convicted in his current case, he will face a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence because prosecutors have charged him as a violent fourth-or-subsequent-time offender.

Currington served about 29 years in prison for two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two other offenses for a Nov. 28, 1983, rape in downtown Saginaw. He was released from prison on July 17, 2012, and from parole on July 17 of this year, according to county Prosecutor John McColgan Jr.

The facts from that case are similar to this summer’s incidents, as Currington pulled a knife on a woman who was leaving work in downtown Saginaw and ultimately raped her.

Prior to that case, Currington served multiple years in an Iowa prison for a 1978 felony burglary case, authorities have said. He first was sentenced to five years probation, but after violating probation in 1979, he was sentenced to the maximum of 10 years in prison, authorities said. He gained early release from prison in that case.

Currington remains lodged in the Saginaw County Jail without bond.

— Andy Hoag covers courts for MLive/The Saginaw News. Email him at ahoag@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter @awhoag

2014 Larry Currington Assault Case

Man who served 30 years for rape charged in sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw

Man who served 30 years for rape charged in sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw

2014 Larry Currington Assault Case


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SAGINAW, MI — A 53-year-old Saginaw man who served about 30 years in prison for multiple sexual assault offenses is jailed without bond in connection with two sexual assaults and a third assault involving a woman in Saginaw’s Old Town district.

Larry D. Currington, who was released from parole two months ago, is charged with 19 felonies in three separate incidents near the “Hamilton Street area and Cass” that occurred within the last month involving women who were alone near their vehicle.

Michigan State Police troopers lodged Currington at the Saginaw County Jail about 1 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, on multiple felony offenses. It wasn’t immediately known how police linked Currington to the incidents.

Prosecutors in the early afternoon Thursday charged Currington in connection with incidents on Aug. 19, Sept. 6, and Sept. 14. Saginaw County District Judge A.T. Frank arraigned Currington shortly before the county Prosecutor’s Office conducted a press conference regarding Currington’s arrest.

Currington served about 29 years in prison for two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two other offenses for a Nov. 28, 1983, rape in downtown Saginaw. He was released from prison on July 17, 2012, and from parole on July 17 of this year, according to county Prosecutor John McColgan Jr.

In connection with the Aug. 19 incident, Currington is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, two counts of first-degree and a single count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, extortion, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

His arrest warrant alleges he used a machete to steal money from a woman and force her to drive her car away from the area. Police have said the suspect forced the woman to drive to Wickes Park on Saginaw’s South Side, where he sexually assaulted her multiple times.

In the Sept. 6 incident, Currington is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, three counts of first-degree and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and extortion.

His arrest warrant alleges he used a knife to steal money from a woman and then force her to drive her car away from the area in a similar fashion to Wickes Park, where he sexually assaulted her multiple times, including once with the knife.

In the Sept. 14 incident, Currington is charged with attempted carjacking, attempted kidnapping, and felonious assault, or assault with a dangerous weapon.

His arrest warrant alleges he used a knife to assault a woman. Police said that assault occurred near the the victim’s vehicle and was interrupted by a citizen who recognized what was occurring. The man fled the area on foot, police said.

New Image sexual assault SaginawPolice released this sketch of a man believed to be the suspect in three sexual assault incidents.

Following the third incident, police released a sketch of the suspect and described him as a black male, standing about 5 feet 10 inches and weighing approximately 180 pounds, in his mid-to-late 30s with a large forehead, no facial hair, a square chin, and wearing dark clothing.

In arraigning Currington, Frank entered a not guilty plea on his behalf and ordered him held without bond.

McColgan at the arraignment recommended no bond for Currington, saying he is an “obvious danger to the community.”

Currington is scheduled for a Sept. 29 preliminary hearing before District Judge M.T. Thompson.

— Andy Hoag covers courts for MLive/The Saginaw News. Email him at ahoag@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter @awhoag

2014 Larry Currington Assault Case

DNA expert approved for man charged in sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw

DNA expert approved for man charged in sexual assaults that began in Old Town Saginaw

2014 Larry Currington Assault Case


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SAGINAW, MI — The man accused of sexual assaults that began in Saginaw’s Old Town district will have his own expert analyze DNA test results police say link him to one of the incidents.

Saginaw County Circuit Judge Janet M. Boes on Monday, Feb. 9, approved Larry D. Currington’s motion for a court-appointed DNA expert.

Boes approved Currington’s request, filed by his attorney Bruce Petrick, to appoint Julie A. Howenstine of East Lansing-based Speckin Forensic Laboratories to analyze both the collection and examination of DNA samples that police collected in connection with three summer 2014 incidents.

The county’s cost for Howenstine’s services will not exceed $4,500, the judge ruled. That number usually is limited to $1,500, but Petrick requested that amount for each of the three incidents in which Currington is charged.

Currington, 54, is charged with 16 felonies, including 10 that carry maximum penalties of life in prison, in connection with incidents that occurred on Aug. 19, Sept. 6, and Sept. 14 and began in the city’s Old Town district.

Larry D. Currington, 54, waits for the start of his preliminary hearing in front of Saginaw County District Judge M.T. Thompson on Oct. 13, 2014.

The three female victims in those cases testified at Currington’s October preliminary hearing and identified Currington as their attacker by pointing to his eyes, one of which is artificial. That testimony was bolstered by Michigan State Police crime lab experts matching Currington’s DNA to that of his saliva left on the second victim.

In his motion requesting Hownstine’s services, Petrick wrote she will, among other things, review the collection and chain of custody of DNA samples from all three incidents; analyze the testing conducted by crime lab personnel; “provide assistance in understanding the principles of DNA preservation, custody, testing, analysis, and results;” and testify as a defense witness.

Petrick on Monday declined further comment regarding the motion.

Currington’s trial currently is scheduled for Feb. 24 before Boes, but it’s likely Boes eventually will agree to postpone the trial to allow Howenstine time to conduct her analysis.

Currington is accused of kidnapping a 35-year-old woman in her employer’s parking lot near South Niagara on Aug. 19 and a 21-year-old woman in a parking lot at South Hamilton and Cass on Sept. 6, driving each of them to Wickes Park Drive near Fordney and the Rust Street Bridge on Saginaw’s South Side, and sexually assaulting them before threatening them to not report the incidents to police.

He’s also accused of entering a 22-year-old woman’s car on Sept. 14 in the same parking lot as the second incident. Currington only was able to tell the woman to shut up twice before her boyfriend, who has just walked her to her vehicle, pulled him out of the car, the woman testified at Currington’s hearing.

After the state police expedited testing the samples from the second incident and matched Currington’s DNA, troopers arrested him within four days of the third incident.

In the first incident, Currington is charged with armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, two counts of first-degree and a single count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a weapon, extortion, and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.

In the second incident, Currington is charged with carjacking, kidnapping, three counts of first-degree and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, and extortion.

In the third incident, Currington now is charged with felonious assault, or assault with a dangerous weapon. District Judge M.T. Thompson, who presided over the preliminary hearing, dismissed felony charges of attempted carjacking and attempted kidnapping.

If Currington is convicted, he will face a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence because prosecutors have charged him as a violent fourth-or-subsequent-time offender.

Currington served about 29 years in prison for two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two other offenses for a Nov. 28, 1983, rape in downtown Saginaw. He was released from prison on July 17, 2012, and from parole on July 17, 2014 of this year, according to county Prosecutor John McColgan Jr.

The facts from that case are similar to this summer’s incidents, as Currington pulled a knife on a woman who was leaving work in downtown Saginaw and ultimately raped her.

Currington remains jailed without bond.

— Andy Hoag covers courts for MLive/The Saginaw News. Email him at ahoag@mlive.com or follow him on Twitter @awhoag
2014 Larry Currington Assault Case