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November 22, 2013

Man charged with sexually assaulting 81-year-old

Man charged in assault of woman, 81

TRAVERSE CITY — A Benzonia man is charged with a crime after he allegedly broke into an 81-year-old woman’s mobile home and sexually assaulted her.

James Allan Cantrall, 47, faces a 20-year felony charge for first-degree home invasion. He’s also charged with criminal sexual conduct and obstructing a police officer, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel said.

The victim told deputies Cantrall pounded on her door for an hour on Nov. 12 and demanded that she drive him to the store to get alcohol, Schendel said.

Schendel said the victim told deputies Cantrall forced his way in when she opened the door and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told Cantrall she would drive him and then barricaded herself in her home, Schendel said.

Cantrall was arraigned on Nov. 15 and is being held in Benzie County’s jail on a $250,000 bond, Schendel said.

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