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CASE NAME:State of Michigan v. Joseph Djoumessi
ALL PLAINTIFFS:State of Michigan
ALL DEFENDANTS:Joseph Djoumessi, Evelyn Djoumessi
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:2000-173893
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
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YEAR OF ARREST:2000
YEAR OF VERDICT:2003
TYPE OF COURT:State Court
STATE:Michigan
FEDERAL DISTRICT:
STATE COUNTY:Oakland County
AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Cameroon
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Defendants arranged for victim to enter U.S. using a fraudulent passport
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):2
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Criminal sexual conduct in the third degree
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:MCL 750.520d(1)(a)
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Child abuse in the third degree
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:MCL 750.136b(4)
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Conspiracy to commit kidnapping
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:MCL 750.157a (MCL 750.349)
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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FOURTH CHARGE:Kidnapping
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:MCL 750.349
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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FIFTH CHARGE:Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree
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FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Acquitted
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CORE TERMS:MCL 750.520d(1)(a); MCL 750.136b(4); MCL 750.157a; MCL 750.349, MCL 750.520b
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:108-180 months for criminal sexual conduct; concurrent 12 for the child abuse conviction
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Conviction
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:2003 Mich. App. LEXIS 2746 (2003)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

From 1996 to 2000, Defendants Joseph and Evelyn Djoumessi held a young Cameroonian woman in a state of involuntary servitude in their Detroit-area home. Defendants, both from Cameroon, used a fraudulent passport to bring the then fourteen-year-victim into the United States. Defendants had promised the victim that they would support her and provide her with access to education; in exchange the girl agreed to perform domestic tasks and care for the defendants’ two young children.

 

Once in the United States, defendants forced the victim to work daily, without compensation, from 6:00am to 10:00pm as a domestic servant. She was housed in a “dilapidated” area of defendants’ basement and was not permitted to attend school.  To hold the victim in involuntary servitude, the defendants used physical violence and threats of physical violence. Defendant Joseph Djoumessi sexually assaulted the victim on at least three occasions. Defendants further controlled and manipulated the victim by convincing her that she would be arrested for being in the country illegally if she ever reported defendants to the police.

 

The victim was removed from defendants’ home in February 2000, after a neighbor alerted local law enforcement.

After a joint trial, a jury convicted Joseph Djoumessi of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree child abuse and Evelyn Djoumessi of third-degree child abuse.

Please see United States v. Joseph Djoumessi for corresponding federal case.  

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