Former SGA President Ian Elliott charged with criminal sexual conduct


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Ian Elliott. 

Editor's Note: This article has been updated to include comment for Elliott's attorney, Dave Barberi.

Former Student Government Association President Ian Elliott was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct, according to court records.

Court documents show the crime took place on Sept. 1, 2016. Elliott resigned as SGA President on Dec. 5, 2016, citing “personal reasons.” Jazmin Biernat, now a 2017 alumna, replaced Elliott as president.  

The Isabella County Trial Court subpoenaed Central Michigan University’s Office of Civil Rights and Institutional Equity for information pertaining to the case. As of Jan. 18, 2018, Elliott’s fingerprints have been filed and the court has ordered a DNA analysis.

Elliott was arraigned on Jan. 17 in Isabella County District Court. He is due back in court for a probable cause hearing at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 25 and a preliminary examination at 1:45 p.m. Feb. 1.

Elliott has been released on bond. 

Elliott could not be reached for comment.

His attorney Dave Barberi said Elliott passed a polygraph test administered by a former Michigan State Trooper and asserts the alleged crime will be proven to be a consensual decision.

“We believe evidence will show our client is innocent (and did not) commit sexual assault.” 

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