May 9, 2007
By L.L. BRASIER
LAKE ANGELUS, MICHIGAN – The former police chief of Lake Angelus was ordered Wednesday to provide a sample of his DNA, part of the prosecutor’s case against him in his upcoming trial on charges he raped a young family member over the course of several years.
Daniel Black, 50, was in court, shackled and dressed in orange jail garb, unable to post a $2.5-million bond. Police contend he began raping the girl when she was 12, and continued the assaults until she turned 18. The girl lived in the same household. Prosecutors want to compare his DNA with that taken from an article of her clothing.
Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Edward Sosnick also ordered Wednesday that Black be allowed to talk with his wife by phone. An earlier court order prohibited him from contacting the victim or her relatives. Black’s wife is related to the victim.
A trial date has not been set. Black is due back in court June 6 for another hearing.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.
Black served as police chief of the tiny city of Lake Angelus for 20 years, retiring in 2004. He was arrested on the criminal sexual assault charges in 2006.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison. The hearing is before Judge Edward Sosnick in Oakland County Circuit Court.
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