ALLEGAN, Mich. (WOOD) - A co-founder of a nonprofit organization pleaded not guiltyTuesday to criminal sexual conduct with a child younger than13.
Earl Kranz, who began the Seeds of Grace ministry, faces life in prisonif he is convicted of the charges. He faces eight counts:first-degree CSC with a person younger than age 13; six counts ofsecond-degree CSC with a person younger than age 13; and anaggravated indecent exposure charge.
Victims have come forward and there is physical evidence,Allegan police officials told 24 Hour News 8.
Court documents reveal the alleged molestation happened with twoseparate victims hundreds of times over the course of several yearsin and around Allegan, including the Seeds of Grace medicalclinic.
The nonprofit was designed to help the homeless. Volunteers atthe center had no comment Tuesday.
Other locations where the alleged crimes occurred includeKranz's Allegan home and a local haunted house.
One of the alleged victims said Kranz had an office where herolled out a fur rug and committed one of the sex acts.
Police have collected DNA samples and carpet swatches from theclinic, and other physical evidence from the haunted house and thecouple's home.
The two victims are relatives. His wife, Judy Kranz, alertedpolice last fall after kicking Kranz out of the house severaltimes.
The 42-year-old waived his preliminary exam. He denies thecharges -- refusing a lie-detector test -- and is currently out onbond. No court date has been set.
In interviews with police, Kranz admitted he faced similaraccusations in Kent County several years ago, but nothing came ofthem.
24 Hour News 8 will continue to follow this case.
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