DeMond Sex Assault Case Sent To Allegan County Circuit Court For Trial
The owner of DeMond’s SuperValu in Douglas has been bound over to stand trial in Allegan County Circuit Court on two charges of molesting a person under 13 years old.
Nick DeMond, president of DeMond’s SuperValu, waived his preliminary hearing in Allegan County District Court on August 11 before Judge Joseph S. Skocelas.
Once a person is charged with felony crimes, they have a right to a preliminary hearing where a judge decides if there is enough evidence to warrant the case being sent to circuit court for trial.
DeMond’s next court date has been scheduled for September 21 at 1 p.m. before Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Baker for a pre-trial hearing.
DeMond remains innocent of the charges pending the outcome of a court trial or if he is offered - and accepts - a plea deal if offered by the Allegan County Prosecutor’s Office.
The Michigan State Police conducted the investigation that led to DeMond’s arrest and his being charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a person under 13 years old.
According to police records, the alleged crimes took place between 2007 and 2011. The victim’s name is not being published per The Local Observer’s policy of not identifying alleged victims of sexual assault.
At the time of his arraignment on Aug. 2, DeMond pleaded not guilty and posted bond.
His arrest comes at a time when DeMond’s SuperValu is celebrating its 25-year anniversary of serving the community.
DeMond has been a a long-time supporter of events and charities throughout the Saugatuck/Douglas area.
Neither DeMond nor his attorney, Bradley R. Johnson of Holland have commented publicly on the case as yet.