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Court denies Skaluba appeal, rape case scheduled for January trial

Submitted by Andy Grambau on October 11, 2018 – 3:38 amNo Comment

The Michigan Court of Appeals has denied an application for leave to appeal in the case of the people versus 21 year-old Nicholas Skaluba of Alpena.

That means a criminal case against Skaluba will proceed with two alleged victims of rape.

Skaluba is charged with two counts each of criminal sexual conduct first and third degree, and delivery of a controlled substance to commit criminal sexual conduct.  It is alleged he slipped Xanax into the drinks of two girls at one or two teen drinking parties hosted by his friend Shane Dawson during the summer of 2016.  It is further alleged the victims became highly intoxicated and blacked out, at which time Skaluba sexually assaulted them.

Skaluba’s attorney, Dan White, was appealing charges related to the older of the two alleged victims.  White believes there is not enough evidence to link his client to those charges.  But the court of appeals denied his application for leave to appeal.

While Skaluba’s trial date has not yet been set, it is tentatively scheduled for early January.  Skaluba’s friend, Thompson “Tommy” Hein is listed as a witness for the prosecution.  Hein was initially charged with raping one of the same girls named in the Skaluba case, but accepted a settlement agreement and was sentenced to 90 days in jail Monday.

Skaluba was 19 years-old at the time of the parties.  The two victims were ages 16 and 19.

The younger of the two victims testified she was also sexually assaulted by Dawson, however he has never been charged.

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