EAST TAWAS – Multiple agencies played a role in the recent arrest of an East Tawas man, who has been charged with 20 felony counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC), as a second habitual offender.
Brandon Howard Mauk, 35, was previously convicted of a CSC charge in 2017, in Huron County.
As for the current case, Iosco County Prosecutor James Bacarella stated that all charges are life offenses, and that Mauk is being held without bond.
At press time, he was scheduled for a probable cause conference in the Iosco County Courthouse (Tuesday).
A news release from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team (HUNT) reads that on June 25, a trooper from the Michigan State Police (MSP) West Branch Post was contacted by an officer with the East Tawas Police Department, regarding a CSC investigation involving an 11-year-old female. The victim alleged sexual abuse had been occurring since she was 9 years old. It was also learned the suspect allegedly threatened to kill the victim if she told anyone about the abuse.
HUNT reports that the Iosco County Prosecutor issued the multiple-count warrant on June 28, charging the suspect with 1st-degree CSC and a litany of other offenses.
According to HUNT, over the following days, attempts were made to effect the arrest of the suspect. Numerous search warrants were generated, and the MSP Technical Services Unit (3rd District) was contacted to locate the suspect via technical means. Using maps and advanced surveillance techniques, the suspect was located in the Alpena area in Northern Michigan, apparently on foot and making himself scarce.
HUNT – a multi-jurisdictional drug task force which operates in the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle – was enlisted to track the suspect down. On Thursday, July 8, intelligence indicated that the man was on a beach in a desolate area near Alpena. HUNT requested the assistance of the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office’s Unmanned Ariel Surveillance, as well as the MSP Alpena Post Canine Team.
The man was located hiding in a tent, and he was arrested by HUNT members. Mauk had been making his way north along the shoreline, using a kayak to evade arrest.