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Southwest Michigan township supervisor accused in 2010 sexual assault

Ken Linn's photo from his arrest on October 25, 2022.  He's wearing an orange prison style uniform.
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Kalamazoo Prosecutor's Office
Police photo of Kenneth Dwayne Linn, 57, of Three Rivers after his arrest on October 25, 2022. Linn was arraigned in the 8th District Court of Kalamazoo on four counts of sexual assault.

The Michigan Attorney General and Kalamazoo Prosecutor announced today that the Fabius Township Supervisor has been charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

A township supervisor was arrested and arraigned in Kalamazoo’s 8th District Court Tuesday for sexual assault. The charges were filed by the Kalamazoo Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI).

Kenneth Dwayne Linn, 57, of Three Rivers was charged with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for an incident that allegedly occurred after a golf outing in August of 2010 at Sauganash Golf Course in Three Rivers.

In a news release from Michigan Attorney General, Dana Nessel said Linn allegedly assaulted the woman who was "physically helpless due to extreme intoxication and unable to give consent" and that the assault resulted in a physical injury. An exam to gather physical evidence of the assault was preformed the next day. What happened next is an example of the backlog in processing sexual assault evidence kits.

The kit wasn’t submitted to the Michigan State Police Forensics Lab until four years later, in December of 2014. It was returned to the Portage Police a month later.

In a statewide initiative to relieve the backlog by processing test kits that were still in the system, the kit went to the Sorenson Forensics Lab in Salt Lake, Utah in 2016. A year ago, in October of 2021, Kalamazoo’s SAKI received permission to resubmit the kit for additional testing and that is what led to the charges against Linn.

“Too many victims of sexual assault have waited years to see charges filed in their cases,” Nessel said the statement her office released Wednesday. “I am proud to partner with the Kalamazoo County prosecutor on this important work, and I am committed to see justice delivered for these victims.”

Linn was elected to the four-year post of Fabius Township supervisor in 2021 after winning a primary by just three votes and running unopposed in the 2020 general election. Before that, he was the township’s planning commission chairman.

Linn’s bond was set at $100,000 cash or surety. A probable cause hearing is set for November 3 and the preliminary examination is scheduled to take place on November 10.

Anyone with information on Linn’s alleged criminal actions is asked to contact SAKI investigator, Richard Johnson at 269-569-0515.

Leona Larson (Gould-McElhone) was a complaint investigator with the Detroit Consumer Affairs Department when she started her media career producing and co-hosting Consumer Conversation with Esther Shapiro for WXYT-Radio in Detroit while freelancing at The Detroit News and other local newspapers. Leona joined WDIV-TV in Detroit as a special projects' producer and later, as an investigative producer. She spent several years teaching journalism for the School of Communications at Western Michigan University. Leona prefers to use her middle name on air because it's shorter and easier to pronounce.