FLUSHING TWP. — Another victim has come forward with rape accusations against former Flint City Police Officer Justin McLeod.
At a press conference held on Nov. 25, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson announced nine additional charges have been brought against McLeod, who was arrested at a Flushing Township residence on Nov. 15 and charged with raping a juvenile girl. Swanson said that a second victim has now accused McLeod of sexually abusing her over a two-and-a-half year period.
Like the first victim, Swanson said that the second victim was someone in McLeod’s circle of influence, who the suspect knew through a family friend.
“(McLeod) used his position of authority as a police officer to convince a young individual that he loved them and that they were important to him,” Swanson said. “And then, he swooped in with a trap. That’s called grooming.”
Swanson said that the second victim came forward after seeing McLeod’s picture displayed on the news.
“By the use of the media, we had a victim come forward, after they saw the courage of the first victim,” he said. “I want to thank both of them for stopping a predator in his tracks.”
McLeod, 36, was taken into custody at a residence on the 6000 block of N. McKinley Road on Nov. 15 by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST) in coordination with Flushing Township police. The arrest was made during the early morning hours after the first victim contacted a sexual assault nurse who works with the GHOST team.
McLeod, who was a Flint police officer for five years in the K-9 and motorcycle units, was fired by the Flint City Police Department following his arrest.
In addition to the nine new charges, McLeod is also facing multiple charges stemming from his Nov. 15 arrest, including four counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of children-accosting for immoral purposes, one count of aggravated indecent exposure and one count of unlawful imprisonment. He remains in custody at the Genesee County Jail with no bond.
If convicted, McLeod could face a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.