Michael E. Stites – Repeat Sex Offender – Said he couldn’t control himself


A 37-year-old Manitowoc man appeared today before Manitowoc Circuit Court Judge Patrick Willis for his initial court proceeding on five felonies after he allegedly sexually assaulted two juvenile girls between 2005 and 2008, according to the criminal complaint filed Feb. 6.

Michael E. Stites also is accused of forcing two adolescents to perform sex acts in 2004 while he critiqued them, according to the criminal complaint.

According to the criminal complaint:

– The alleged assaults were reported to a Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department detective Jan. 29. A woman provided a DVD she had found of an assault to the detective Feb. 4.

– Stites admitted to the detective that he had sex with one of the girls for 18 months and oral sex with the other girl for one year.

– He told the detective that he had a problem and couldn’t control himself. He said he didn’t force either girl but asked their permission.

Stites is a registered sex offender after being convicted in 1999 of three counts of sexually assaulting a child in Brown County. He was sentenced to eight years in prison. He was released in 2004 after serving the maximum time amount under old laws, Assistant District Attorney Jerilyn Dietz.

Stites is serving probation for his Brown County offenses.

The mandatory penalty for Stites’ charges is life in prison, Dietz said.

Stites will be back in court for his preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Feb. 19. He remains in jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”

………Sarah Tofte

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  1. Has anyone done a search on “stites Manitowoc” in google? The whole family was abusing those poor children!

  2. If you look at the Wisconsin Court Access page, even the mother is charged with incest.
    6th Manitowoc County family member accused of sex crime
    By Sarah Millard • Gannett Wisconsin Media • June 2, 2009

    MANITOWOC — Thomas M. Stites, 25, of Francis Creek, made his initial appearance in Manitowoc County Circuit Court on Monday on a charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child.

    Stites is scheduled for a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. June 9. He remains jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail.

    A girl told Manitowoc police she was 6 when Stites raped her in the spring of 2005, according to a criminal complaint filed last week.

    The girl told detectives that Stites and his brother, a 20-year-old Manitowoc man, forced her to have sex with Stites in order to play video games. The brother held the girl’s arms on the ground while Stites assaulted her, according to the complaint.

    An investigation into the brother’s role in the assault is continuing, Manitowoc police Capt. Scott Luchterhand said.

    Stites is the sixth member of the Stites family to be charged with sexual assault-related crimes.

    His brother, Michael E. Stites, 38, of Manitowoc, pleaded guilty May 7 to repeatedly sexually assaulting two teenage girls in Manitowoc County. Michael Stites also was convicted in Brown County of three counts of sexually assaulting his children’s then 14-year-old baby-sitter in September 1998.

    Another brother, Jason C. Stites, 27, of New Berlin, is charged with five felonies. He is accused of videotaping a teenage couple having sex while he chaperoned the minors in Manitowoc County. His attorney, Ryan Kautzer, last month filed a motion to dismiss the case. A motion hearing is schedule for 9:30 a.m. Friday.

    Charlene P. Stites, 43, of Manitowoc, Michael Stites’ wife, is charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. She is scheduled to meet with lawyers in the district attorney’s office for a June 30 settlement conference.

    The 20-year-old brother has been convicted of two counts of child enticement. He had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy in August 2006. He also had sexual contact with an adolescent girl between 2004 and 2005.

    An 18-year-old Manitowoc man — the son of Charlene and Michael Stites — has been convicted of three misdemeanor fourth-degree sexual assault charges. Two of the counts were in Kewaunee County and the other in Manitowoc County.

    The 18-year-old also is serving a deferred judgment agreement on a sex-related felony charge that will be dismissed if he fulfills the terms of the agreement.


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