In 2006 Dan Ambrose represented Joshua Stough in a heart wrenching Criminal Sexual Assault Case in Traverse City, Mi.
Here is an excerpt from Josh’s story. Click her to visit his website
“On or around February 13, 2006 at 5:30 p.m. I (Joshua Stough) received a phone call from a man saying he was a Michigan State Police Officer. He identified himself as Trooper Arcienega. The way that the man spoke to me he did not sound like a police officer at all, in fact he sounded specifically like he was about fifteen years old. I was told by him that it was reported that I was involved in a hit and run and I needed to come down to the police post. I knew for a fact that I had not been in an accident and that no one would have reported it. (I had a VERY unique truck at the time.) At this point I told him that I did not believe that he was a police officer and that I was not going to talk to
him until he told me the truth. When I said this the Trooper became very upset with me. We ended up exchanging some words that were not very appropriate for me to say, and especially not for a police officer to say.
After this exchange he informed me that he wanted to talk to me about when I lived with Karen Hoogerhyde. The moment he said Karen, I had an idea of what this was about. (When I rented a room from Karen, her daughter (Christina) also lived at the house, the reason why I had moved out was that I had found written in Christina’s diary an entry that said “I had sex with Josh.” When I found the diary I immediately took it to Karen. Christina was questioned by her mother about it and by counselors about it. A few days later I moved.) At this point the conversation was over. The Officer said that he would call me in a day or two to set up a meeting; we hung up at this point. After I got off the phone with the Trooper I drove to the police post to see if in fact he was a real officer.
When I arrived at the post it was closed, I saw two officers outside in the back talking. I asked them if Trooper Arcienega was inside. They said “no”. The moment they said no, a short Mexican looking officer came running out of the post. This was Arcienega. He asked who I was. I replied and told him my name. He started yelling at me and said “you better get to stepping before I beat your ass”.
I tried apologizing to him and he continued to threaten me and telling me to leave. Two days later I met with Arcienega at the police post in Traverse City , Mi. This was for my “voluntary interview”.
Together the officer and I went into a room and after a few questions about me, he proceeded to tell me that Christina Hoogerhyde had told him that I had molested her. Over the next hour he interrogated me and tried time after time to get me to confess to the crime in which I was accused. He kept telling me that I was nothing but a liar. He would not listen to anything I had to say. He became VERY angry with me and left to let me think about clearing my mind. About a half hour later a different officer came in. I do not remember his name just that he tried to play like he was my friend.
At this point I was very sick of dealing with these people and informed them that I had nothing more to say. The officer said “that is ok we’re done anyways”. At this point we set up a polygraph examination for February 22nd I believe. When I walked out to the lobby Trooper Arcienega told me that if I go anywhere near Christina that he has “3,000 people on his squad and that they would hunt me down”. I told him not to worry I wouldn’t.”
Josh was acquitted on all 7 counts of CSC. However, the charges still impact his life today. Visit his website to learn his full story.