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DHS Director Jailed for Child Abuse
March 22, 2015 permalink
The director of Eaton County Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) spent most of Friday in jail. Kenton Schulze has been charged with domestic violence. The incident was an attack on a teenaged boy who used to live with Schulze. A former foster child is a good guess.
Eaton Co DHS Director Faces Domestic Violence Charge
The Director of Eaton County's Human Services Department spent most of Friday behind bars. Kenton Schulze, 45, is facing a domestic violence charge.
Schulze is charged with a misdemeanor for an assault or an assault and battery on a minor. At his arraignment in Eaton County District Court Schulze pleaded not guilty.
The Eaton County Sheriff's office says the incident happened Thursday night, while Schulze was at the home of a teenage boy who use to live with him. Since it's part of an ongoing case police aren't saying what led up to the assault.
Schulze could face 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
Department of Human Services Spokesman Bob Wheaton told News 10 "DHS is aware of the situation and we're gathering information and facts. We take allegations like this seriously and we hold our leadership to very high standards."
Wheaton also says the department is reviewing what this means for Schulze's employment status, but stresses it's taking this very seriously.
Ingham County prosecutors filed the charge since there was a conflict of interest with Eaton County prosecutors because of Schulze's position.
Schulze is due back in court for his pre-trail on April 1st.
We're continuing to track this developing story.
Source: WSYM-TV Lansing