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ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that several criminal sexual conduct convictions involving children will stand.
In 2011, Earl Robert Kranz was convicted in Allegan County of six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13, and one count of aggravated indecent exposure.
Authorities alleged Kranz, who founded the Seeds of Grace Ministry to help the homeless, molested a young girl hundreds of times.
He appealed and in 2012, the Michigan Court of Appeals sent the case back to the Allegan County Circuit Court, ordering it to determine if Kranz's attorney in the original case had been ineffective.
In December, the county trial court ordered a new trial. The county prosecutor appealed that decision.
In a split decision Wednesday, the Court of Appeals overturned the trial court's ruling and reinstated Kranz's convictions.
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