An employee at a Grand Rapids adolescent treatment facility has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct in the first degree after allegedly assisting a 15 year-old juvenile male run away.
On Friday, April 29, the Itasca County Attorney’s office reported that a criminal complaint was filed charging Melanie Lynn Peterson, 30, of Grand Rapids, for three counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, one count of felony third degree sale of a controlled substance, one count of felony fourth degree possession of a controlled substance and one count of felony deprivation of custodial or parental rights and one count of gross misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The charges arise from Peterson allegedly assisting a 15 year old juvenile male run away from the facility in Grand Rapids on April 26. Peterson then allowed the juvenile to stay in her apartment where she allegedly had sexual intercourse with him at least three times and provided him with controlled substances. All of the charged crimes allegedly took place on April 26. Peterson was employed as a technician at the recovery facility at the time of the alleged offenses. Management of the facility has confirmed that Peterson is no longer an employee.
Peterson made her first appearance in Itasca County District Court in connection with the charges on April 28. Bail was set in the amount of $100,000 without conditions or $50,000 with conditions. The terms of Peterson’s conditional bail include the following: Abstain from alcohol and non-prescribed drugs, no contact with the alleged victim, no unsupervised contact with males under the age 18, remain law abiding, keep court appearances and maintain contact with an attorney.