Police consider explosive connection

UPDATE: Rocky Schroeder Jr. did not enter a guilty plea in this case, according to Ottawa County Circuit Judge Ed Post. Schroeder was convicted by a jury, and he vigorously denied the allegations, Post said.
Becky Vargo
Jun 5, 2012


The first trial ended in a hung jury (11 guilty, one not guilty). His second trial resulted in conviction on four (not three) counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Police are investigating whether or not the explosion of a homemade device last week has anything to do with the recent sentencing of a Grand Haven-area man.

Police went to a home in the 13000 block of Apple Avenue in Crockery Township about 10 p.m. Thursday after the device blew up. It was in the yard of a home occupied by the ex-wife of a man sent to prison this week for a criminal sexual conduct case, said Lt. Mark Bennett of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Bennett said the explosive device was in a tin can. Nobody was injured, and there was no note or threat attached, he added.

The homeowner's former husband, Rocky Schroeder Jr., 31, was convicted of four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (under the age of 13) prior to his sentencing May 29 in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Schroeder, whose address is listed as 13842 Pinewood Drive in Grand Haven Township, was ordered to serve 25-40 years in prison, with credit for 195 days served. He was also ordered to be placed on lifetime tether, and pay fines and costs of $402.

Bennett said Schroeder had previously lived at the Crockery Township address, where the device detonated, “for some time.”

Bennett said police are checking to see if there was any connection between the explosion and Schroeder's sentencing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Silent Observer at 1-877-88 SILENT (45368), or leave a tip online at mosotips.com.


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