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