Related: Grand Rapids Police officer charged with raping ex-girlfriend resigns after months on the job After the testimony Wednesday, Esslinger asked Judge Steven Timmers to send the case to Kent County Circuit Court for felony proceedings and added two more counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct to Bruggink's case.
If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of life in prison on three counts of CSC-1 and a count of home invasion.
It’s one of more than 100 Indian websites that comprise the country’s thriving online matrimonial market, where an individual can browse for his or her ideal spouse among a catalog of potential candidates organized by the personal information that apparently matters most: religion, caste, income, fairness of skin, family background, and so on. Unlike online dating services, which at least superficially foster some sort of romantic connection, and which are effectively nonexistent in India, matrimonial websites are predicated on the idea that the first meeting between two paired users will be to chat about their wedding.
They succeed for the same reason every online resource does: They offer convenience and expediency in an arena with high demand for it.
Under questioning by defense attorney Robert Hackett, the woman said that at the time of the break-up, she sent text messages to Bruggink saying that his dishonesty in the relationship could result in a spurned ex-girlfriend being mad enough to "jeopardize" his career, his relationships and his future in general.
"I told him to exit the relationship more gracefully," she testified.
She said after that time, they remained friends who dated each other a couple times a month. 24, he allegedly called and sent text messages to the woman saying he wanted to come over to her home in the 1100 block of Wheeler Street SW.
"I kept telling him 'No, don't come over," the woman told Assistant Kent County Prosecutor Robin Esslinger.
If there’s truth to caricature, then call my joining the online matrimony network a modern-day leap onto a bandwagon of millennia-old social custom.“Shaadi” is the Hindi word for wedding; is, intuitively, a wedding arranged via the Internet.
She said he then began to assault her on the bed where her 7-month-old daughter was sleeping.
She said he called her a "ghetto piece of s--" and said he loved her so much he hated it.
The assault continued there, with him slapping her, penetrating her sexually and choking her, she testified. "He could pull my hair a little bit, but he couldn't choke me until I couldn't breathe," she said.
She said she was finally able to get away from him and punched him, screamed and threw a trash can at him. The next day she said he called her and said he was sorry, but claimed the sex was consensual.
Alleged rape victim says she told former Grand Rapids Police Officer Ryan Bruggink that his infidelity to her could jeopardize his career.