Vassar man charged with molesting 2-year-old


FRANKENMUTH — A 19-year-old Vassar man would face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a 2-year-old girl in Saginaw County.

Prosecutors allege Cody L. Eckenswiller committed the crime Tuesday in Frankenmuth, and he was ordered held without bond Thursday by Saginaw County District Judge M. Randall Jurrens. First-degree criminal sexual conduct involves penetration, and the crime carries a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Saginaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher S. Boyd said the crime took place in a parking lot in Frankenmuth, and that the Frankenmuth Police Department investigated the incident. Boyd declined further comment pending a May 11 hearing on the evidence against Eckenswiller.

When a victim is under 13 years old, a first-degree criminal sexual conduct conviction carries a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison, Boyd said. Eckenswiller also faces two counts of possessing child sexually abusive material in connection with an earlier case in Saginaw County. He faces a May 24 trial on the earlier two charges.

The Advertiser couldn’t reach Frankenmuth police or Eckenswiller’s lawyer, Saginaw attorney Stephen A. Seman, for comment Friday.

Boyd isn’t the prosecutor on the Eckenswiller case, but has worked a total of nine years in the Saginaw County prosecutor’s office in separate stints starting in 1984.

“I don’t know if it’s the youngest (alleged victim) of the cases that I’ve actually prosecuted, but we do see a lot of rather horrendous types of things that happen in our business,” Boyd said.

Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be reached at

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