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August 20, 2014

Fraser man convicted on multiple counts of molestation

By Nick Mordowanec
C & G Staff Writer

MACOMB COUNTY — A 67-year-old is now awaiting his fate after being convicted of numerous molestation charges dating back to when his wife was a day-care operator.

Fraser resident Stanley Duncan was found guilty by jury in Macomb County Circuit Court on Aug. 8 of five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for incidents with two girls aged 3 and 4 in 2011, and another girl of unknown age in the late 1990s.

The 2011 molestation of the two girls allegedly occurred around the same time of Duncan’s arrest. First-degree sexual conduct is punishable by up to life in prison, while second-degree sexual conduct is punishable by up to 15 years.

Duncan has been in jail the past three years due to a $1 million bond he could not fulfill.

Duncan’s estranged wife and former day-care operator, Vita, 64, was acquitted of two counts each of first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct. She was accused of aiding and abetting on the grounds that she knew of her husband’s transgressions, but did nothing in the way of either reporting them or attempting to discontinue them.

She was convicted of a misdemeanor for operating a day care facility without a license. She is currently free on bond.

During the jury trial, Stanley Duncan confessed to molesting the girls in a lengthy video that was shown to the jury — the same jury that presided over the case that began almost two years ago. The case was delayed due to legal issues and other problems.

One reason the trial was frozen was to allow the prosecution to appeal the fact that the youngest of the three victims could not testify after telling the judge she could not understand the difference between a truth and a lie.

Two victims — one who is around 6 or 7 years old and one who is now an adult — testified live on the stand during the trial. Parents of the victims were also present during the trial.

Stanley Duncan’s attorney, Timothy Barkovic, could not be reached for comment at press time. Vita Duncan’s attorney, Ryan Machasic, also could not be reached.

Judge Matthew Switalski presided over the jury trial that concluded Aug. 8. He will dole out sentences for both Stanley and Vita Duncan on Sept. 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Macomb County Circuit Court.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Nick Mordowanec at nmordowanec@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1118.