Ex-cop guilty of 1 sex crime, not guilty of other charges

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Grand Rapids police officer has been convicted of one lesser criminal sexual conduct charge for sexually assaulting his ex-girlfriend in November 2014.

After about three hours of deliberation on Tuesday, a Kent County jury found Ryan Bruggink guilty of third-degree CSC and not guilty of two other CSC charges and a charge of first-degree home invasion.

He was taken to the Kent County jail, where he’ll remain until he is sentenced in May. Third-degree CSC is punishable by up to 15 years in a state prison.

Bruggink was charged after his ex-girlfriend said he had forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her.

During closing arguments earlier Tuesday, the prosecutor focused on what he called “inconsistencies” in Bruggink’s testimony on Monday compared with his initial police interview more than a year ago.

The prosecutor also talked about the alleged victim’s testimony and texts showing she didn’t want Bruggink at her home that night.

“This is not a pleasant encounter, he was not a welcome guest,” the prosecutor said. “Anytime you have an unwanted touching of your body it is an assault.”

The prosecutor reiterated the nurse that examined the victim less than two days after the alleged incident testified the bruises on the victim are consistent with the story of sexual assault she told the nurse.

The defense fired back in its closing arguments, saying that same nurse testified that they have no way of actually knowing how the injuries got there.

“Nurse can’t tell you if injuries on victim are from consensual sex, non-consensual sex or even if it’s from sex at all,” the defense argued.

The defense repeatedly argued that there was “lack of evidence” in the case and said the alleged victim got sick of being a “friend with benefits” and followed through on her threats to ruin his career, his relationship and his future.

“If she meant no, why did she say that night, well you can come over if you bring me a gift card,” argued the defense.

The defense also talked about how the alleged victim and Bruggink had rough sex for the duration of their relationship and that the night in question was no different. They said Bruggink never wavered on his statement that the sex was consensual.–24 Hour News 8’s Heather Walker contributed to this report.

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