A Saline man accused of sexually assaulting his wheelchair-bound roommate was arraigned on four charges before Washtenaw 14A District Court Judge Cedric Simpson.
Willie Lee Effinger, who is on the sex offenders list for convictions in 1992 and 2000, was charged with four counts criminal sexual conduct, third degree, for forcing or coercing the woman in to sex.
Each charge carries up to 15 years in prison and up to additional five years because of his previous offenses. The alleged assaults took place at their apartment on Clark Street, where they lived for about six weeks, according to Saline Police Sgt. Jay Basso.
At about 9:30 p.m., Oct. 16, while Saline Police were on a traffic stop, a passerby told police about an altercation at the Speedway gas station. Police arrived and found Effinger and the woman in a verbal dispute. The woman was experiencing medical issues and was transported to the hospital. While at the hospital a sexual assault nurse examiner spoke with the woman and a sexual assault forensic exam was completed. Saline Police were notified.
Basso said police conducted another interview but were unable to glean much information. Convinced there was more to the story, Basso contacted a special victim’s unit detective from the University of Michigan. Based on the detective’s interview, charges were levied against Effinger.
According to Basso, the victim relied on Effinger “for everything,” including getting up and down the stairs at their apartment building. Basso said that Effinger had been using the victim for six weeks at the time of the arrest.
Effinger is being held in jail on a $50,000 bond.
Saline Police are familiar with Effinger, according to Basso. He was previously trespassed from several Saline businesses for vulgar behavior and harassing female employees.