Hillsdale County Youth Home staffer set for trial in criminal sexual conduct case

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HILLSDALE — A former staff member of the Hillsdale County Youth Home is tentatively scheduled for a jury trial in the 1st Judicial Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 21, on numerous criminal sexual conduct allegations.

Madelyn Dianne Whitehead, 25, of Hudson stands charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, furnishing tobacco to a minor and accosting a child for immoral purposes after a Hillsdale County Sheriff’s Office investigation in May 2022.

The Youth Home director at the time received information on May 25, 2022, that a staff member had provided a nicotine vape to a juvenile housed at the facility on Steamburg Road in Cambria Township.

The following day, deputies launched their investigation which led them to believe that Whitehead allowed inappropriate conduct by residents of the facility and engaged in inappropriate relationships with at least two of the juvenile residents.

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A search warrant was executed at Whitehead’s home on July 26, 2022, and she was arrested.

Whitehead posted a $24,500 bond for her pretrial release through a surety company following her arraignment and remains free on bond while awaiting her trial.

She has hired Ann Arbor attorney David Goldstein to represent her in the matters and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted as charged.

— Contact Reporter Corey Murray at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @cmurrayHDN.

This article originally appeared on Hillsdale Daily News: Hillsdale County Youth Home staffer set for trial in CSC case

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