Rape charges leveled against Grand Rivers man

Smithland- (Filed Dec. 13, 2012) Joshua Sullivan, 29, of Grand Rivers has been charged with one count of Rape First Degree and one count of Rape First Degree (victim under 12 years of age) after a Livingston County Grand Jury returned indictments in two different cases according to information released by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department today.

According to information released by the Sheriff’s department the initial investigation on the first count of Rape 1st Degree began on April 18, 2010. Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call for assistance from a juvenile female who told them she had been raped by Sullivan. The investigation of that incident was revived when it was determined that there was DNA evidence present in some of the evidence collected at the scene on the night of the complaint.

After the discovery of the DNA evidence Sheriff’s Department investigators were able to get additional search warrants for additional testing of some of the material which was used to get the indictment against Sullivan.

In the second indictment a juvenile who had lived with Sullivan who had lived with Sullivan in 2008 reported that he had sexual intercourse with her at his residence in Grand Rivers. Livingston County authorities received assistance from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in this investigation because some of the witnesses had moved to Chicago. Livingston County Deputies were assisted by Lyon County Sheriff’s Deputies during Sullivan’s arrest.

In addition to the rape charges Sullivan was indicted in March of 2012 for one count of Criminal Abuse 1st Degree (Child under 12 years of age) in an unrelated third incident.  Those charges are still pending as well.

Sullivan is currently free on a $10,000 cash bond.