Former foster parent convicted of sex assault against 8-year-old


By John Tunison | jtunison@mlive.com 

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Louis Chandler, a 60-year-old former foster parent, was convicted Thursday, July 10, of sexual assault upon a young foster child.
A jury deliberated for about five hours before finding Chandler guilty of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
He is to be sentenced Aug. 20 before Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock.
Chander was accused of making the assault on the girl when she was 8. When she testified in court this week, she was 12 years old.
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The girl told how she was assaulted by her foster father in a bedroom and in the family's TV room.
The girl was removed from the Wyoming home in 2010 following a Child Protective Services investigation.
Prosecutors are seeking a mandatory minimum 25-year sentence for Chandler.
He is also accused in two other sex assault cases, that also could go to trial. Those cases involve an 8-year-old girl who alleges Chandler touched her private parts in the living room of his home last fall, and a mentally disabled woman who claims she was assaulted by Chandler in 2008 at his home and in a church restroom.