Police: Oswald Scott Wilder confessed to string of sexual assaults near campus
Oswald Scott Wilder
The man accused of committing a string of sexual assaults near MSU campus early this summer has confessed to all the incidents, according to East Lansing police.
Oswald Scott Wilder, 26, reportedly told law enforcement he committed three sexual assaults in locations throughout East Lansing between April 20 and May 16, as well as an additional assault that allegedly took place March 30, East Lansing police Capt. Murphy said Friday.
The Vernon, Mich., resident is scheduled for a Sept. 24 pretrial conference in East Lansing’s 54-B District Court.
Wilder was originally charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and one count of gross indecency between male and female by a sexually delinquent person and is considered a habitual offender.
Court documents show Wilder will face an additional count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and a count of unlawful imprisonment for the March attack that reportedly took place on the 1100 block of Grand River Avenue.
Murphy said police did not initially believe the first incident was connected to the other assaults.
“We knew about it, it was reported right away to us,” Murphy said. “We did not realize until after (Wilder) confessed to it that it was one that he had done.”
Wilder currently is lodged in the Ingham County Jail. If he is found guilty of the charges, Wilder could face life in prison