BEULAH -- A Frankfort man who allegedly sexually assaulted a half-dozen or more boys could face a host of new charges as additional victims emerge.
William Ronald Tooley, 43, is in the Benzie County Jail while charged with second- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. A family member contacted the Benzie County Sheriff's Department in December and said Tooley sexually assaulted two young male relatives.
Deputies arrested him Feb. 29.
Sheriff's Detective Sgt. David Tucker said he plans to seek first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges against Tooley based on two male victims who came forward after Tooley's arrest. Michigan State Police seek similar charges based on additional alleged victims.
The two latest victims who approached the sheriff's department are friends of Tooley's family, Tucker said, and all four victims handled by his department were under 14 at the time of the alleged assaults. The oldest assault dates back more than three years, Tucker said.
"After (Tooley) was arrested, additional victims came forward," Tucker said. "We (are in) the process of tracking these people down."
State police trooper Rick Doehring said he plans to seek second-degree criminal sexual conduct charges against Tooley based on two victims who recently approached his department. Those victims were also male family friends who were about 12 at the time of the alleged assaults, Doehring said.
Tooley is a maintenance supervisor at the Betsie Bay Inn in Frankfort, Tucker said. Lesley Perkins, the inn's owner, said Tooley worked for her for about two years.
"We were quite happy with his work until the day he was arrested on the premises," she said.
The Betsie Bay Inn staff was "hugely" surprised by the arrest, Perkins said.
"We relied on him for a lot of things," she said.
Perkins plans to bring in a temporary worker to fill Tooley's position. She didn't fire him and will wait for the court process to play out before making any decisions.
"We believe in the legal system; a person is innocent until proven guilty," she said.
Tooley's preliminary examination has been adjourned until new charges can be processed.
Investigators are asking anyone with information about the alleged assaults to contact them.
"We'd like to have as many as possible come forward," Doehring said.