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Accuser relieved after Siebert's arrest

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-26 05:16:43-04

LANSING, Mich. — Justin Siebert is charged with two counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

One of his accusers says even though police found him quickly, she still has to live with what happened.

"I did have concerns that something worse was going to happen and that someone was going to get really, severely injured in a way that would have lasting permanence," she said.

The woman – who wanted to remain anonymous - says she's blessed her community worked together to get Siebert arrested.

"You don't expect this sort of thing to happen, so I really saw people rallying around, because they're thinking, 'jeez, this could happen to me or someone that I love.'"

Police tell us they're thankful for the community's help as well, and that the public won't have to worry about Siebert again.

"We would not have solved this case this quickly if we hadn't received the number of tips that both us and the Lansing Township Police received," said East Lansing Police Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez.

Even though the suspect is behind bars, the woman says his actions still haunt her.

"Physically, I’m recovering," she said. "Emotionally, it's still a very difficult place to be. I haven't been able to take up the nerve to go outside and run again."

And she promises not to rest until Siebert pays for his actions.

"He doesn't know who I am, because he cowardly attacked me from behind, so I would like to talk to him eye to eye and let him know how what he did impacted me, and that it's just not okay."

Siebert is facing charges in Ingham County for now.

East Lansing Police are pursuing additional charges.

Siebert could face up to two years in prison if convicted.

Contact the Lansing Township Police Department if you have any more information that might help investigators.

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