Canton Twp. man charged with 18 counts of criminal sexual conduct

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

A Canton Township man has been charged with 18 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, police announced Friday.

Shailesh Patel was arraigned Thursday in 35th District Court, investigators said in a statement. Criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to life in prison. 

Shailesh Patel

"The Canton Police Department began their investigation after one victim filed a report of the abuse dating back several years," representatives said in a release.

Investigators also worked with the FBI task force, Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes.

Chief Judge James Plakas denied bond for Patel. The 53-year-old was remanded to the Wayne County Jail pending his next court date on Dec. 28.