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Jury Convicts Church Daycare Volunteer of 4 Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges

James Patrick O'Connell bail was revoked and he was ordered by the court to provide a DNA sample. He will be sentenced on May 7.

James Patrick O’Connell is shown here with his attorney, Shannon Smith, in Troy's 52-4 District Court after his arrest in August. (Screenshot: Patch video)
James Patrick O’Connell is shown here with his attorney, Shannon Smith, in Troy's 52-4 District Court after his arrest in August. (Screenshot: Patch video)

A Troy man will be sentenced May 7 in Oakland County Circuit Court on four counts of criminal sexual conduct at a daycare for preschool-aged children.

James Patrick O’Connell, 60, was arrested last August after Troy police concluded their investigation of allegations that a volunteer at St. Augustine Lutheran Church’s daycare facility had sexually abused multiple children over the past several years.

O’Connell was found guilty of two counts of first-degree sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct in the jury trial that began April 7 and concluded Monday, The Oakland Press reports.

O'Connell is a lifelong Michigan resident who had attended St. Augustine for more than 20 years prior to the allegations. He was removed as a volunteer at the daycare when the allegations surfaced.

St. Augustine Lutheran Church’s day-care facility, located at 5475 Livernois Road, serves children preschool and pre-kindergarten children.

O’Connell was free on $500,000 bond at the time of his conviction. Oakland Judge Wendy Potts revoked his bond following his conviction. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample and jailed.

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Truth May 12, 2014 at 05:39 AM
It's fine to see things your way. It's not fine to post on a public message and slander people. Or make snide, snotty comments about something very serious. That is bullying. It is also not fine to use terms like "winning" with regards to a (criminal, not civil) child sex abuse trial. Unless you were a jury member, you did not hear all the evidence. They were not ignorant.
Jay Charles May 12, 2014 at 12:35 PM
I've said before that I don't know whether O'Connell is guilty or not. But, french fries, you have not presented any evidence that suggests why you know that he is 110% innocent while 12 jurors reached the opposite conclusion.

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