Valley man accused of sex with disabled teen
By Daniel Pepper
A Valley Township man has been accused of having sex with a cognitively impaired teenager.
Paul Eugene Shamblin, 65, was arraigned Tuesday, Feb. 26, in Allegan County District Court on two felony counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, and one count of misdemeanor indecent exposure.
Shamblin entered a plea of not guilty to all five charges before Judge William A. Baillargeon at the hearing.
In his request for a warrant for Shamblin’s arrest from Magistrate Kirby Goodwin, Allegan County Sheriff Department Det. Marty Mendel stated that the victim, 18, had been interviewed on Jan. 30, and she’d told her interviewer that she had been having sex with Shamblin since September, which was when Shamblin’s wife went into the hospital.
“She stated she sleeps in the same bed as Paul does and refers to him as dad,” Mendel testified.
He said the victim had been classified as mentally disabled by the state and that a social worker at the school she attends had estimated that she functions as “at a first-grade level.” Another doctor, Mendel said, had given the opinion that the victim could not meaningfully consent to having sex because of her cognitive impairments.
Mendel testified that the girl had described several different types of sex acts she’d participated in with Shamblin and that he often exposed himself to her in a sexual way.
A preliminary hearing on the charges has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, at 9 a.m. before Judge Joseph S. Skocelas. Shamblin was allowed to remain free on $10,000 bond.
Shamblin has been employed as a code enforcement officer for several local municipalities.
In 2005, he was acquitted on a charge of brandishing a weapon after a trial in district court.
Shamblin’s attorney, David Butler, did not return a call seeking comment before the Allegan County News went to press.
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