Despite the added protection of a screen and a “dry run” to check out the situation, the little girl with her hair pulled back in a ponytail couldn’t be consoled enough to go through with her testimony at the Muskegon man’s preliminary examination in Ottawa County District Court.
Prosecuting attorney Judy Mulder said the defendant has the right to confront his accuser.
Judge Craig Bunce agreed to dismiss the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge against 31-year-old George Louis Bozik without prejudice, meaning the case can be brought back to court again.
Mulder said the girl will attend counseling, and then they’ll be back in court with a renewed charge.
But the defendant didn’t get to walk away. Dressed in jail orange with his hands and ankles cuffed, Bozik was taken back to the Ottawa County Jail to await trial on a similar charge in Muskegon County.
Detective Sara Fillman of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said Bozik was accused of sexual penetration with the little girl during a short period of time when he had a relationship with the girl’s mother. He was arrested March 28 at a home located next to Jeffers Elementary School in Spring Lake.
At the time, a warrant was out for Bozik’s arrest on a second-degree criminal sexual conduct case out of Norton Shores. Norton Shores Police Chief Dan Shaw said Child Protective Services notified his department of the alleged abuse in August 2012.
“He was accused of touching an 8-year-old girl — her buttocks and her chest,” Shaw said.
Fillman said police suspect there are victims in other states as well.
Bozik faces up to 15 years if convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.