Mallo faces new criminal sex charges

REED CITY — A former Evart man awaiting trial for multiple sex crimes that allegedly took place in the 1990s, was arraigned on more criminal sexual conduct charges brought forth by another victim.

Michigan State Police Troopers from the Mount Pleasant Post, Reed City Detachment are investigating an incident involving Francis Brent Mallo, 49, of Loudon, Tenn., and a minor child who resided in Mallo’s former home in Evart. The sexual assault was reported to have occurred in Mallo’s foster home in Osceola County.

Mallo was charged on Dec. 23, with four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct — each charge carries a life sentence and lists the victim under the age of 13. According to court documents, the alleged incident took place between April 2009 and February 2010.

Mallo is in the Osceola County Jail on similar, unrelated charges stemming from an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigation. He had a preliminary hearing for those charges on Dec. 19.

According to Osceola County Prosecutor Tyler Thompson, Mallo will have another preliminary hearing in Osceola County's 77th District Court for the new charges.

"These are two completely separate cases," Thompson said. "A new victim came forward with allegations against Mallo."

The victim —of the first case— identified Mallo during the preliminary hearing as the one who abused her. The victim testified in court about incidents she said occurred in the Evart area when she was 11 and 12 years old. At the time of the alleged sexual abuse, Mallo was a house parent at Pine View Home for children.

In this case, Mallo is charged with five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each count listed the victim under the age of 13 — each charge carries a life sentence.

The Pioneer will not name victims of sexual abuse.

As the victim testified, she recounted each incident to Thompson. She said they occurred at the home while she was babysitting Mallo’s children. She also recounted incidents at her home and at a location near Pine View Home.

District Court Judge Susan Grant ruled on Dec. 19, that there was enough evidence to bind that case over to circuit court on all five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. That trial date has yet to be scheduled.

Troopers continue to investigate the new claims against Mallo.

"It is my understanding investigators are looking at the possibility of more victims," said MSP Sgt. Lance Cook.

Mallo is scheduled to appear at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, in Osceola County's 77th District Court. He is being held in the Osceola County Jail without bond.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Michigan State Police, Mount Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951.