MACOMB TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – A Macomb Township man has been found not guilty after he was accused of asking an autistic girl for sex at her lemonade stand in 2015.

A Macomb County jury deliberated for roughly two hours before reaching their verdict against 68-year-old Pal Rakaj, who spoke through an interpreter during the trial, The Macomb Daily reported. Rakaj had been facing a charge of accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purposes, a four-year felony.

The alleged incident took place during a subdivision-wide garage-sale, as the 14-year-old girl was selling lemonade from a stand in her driveway. Police say Rakaj pulled up in a white Chrysler Town & Country minivan, exited his vehicle, approached the girl and offered her money in exchange for a sexual act. A witness intervened and blocked Rakaj’s minvan, preventing him from driving away. The girl ran inside and her mother called police. Rakaj was arrested at the scene.

Rakaj, who speaks broken English with a heavy accent, claimed it was a misunderstanding — saying he used an Albanian word that sounds similar to an English vulgarity but has a different meaning.

The prosecution claimed Rakaj knew more English than he was letting on. His defense attorney said the case should have never been charged.


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From CBS Detroit

Best Cooking Classes In DetroitLearn how to whip up some wonderful dishes while having fun!
5 Bucket List Items To Cross Off In DetroitThe “must-do” items for anyone making a trip to Detroit.
Best Spots For A Quick Lunch In Downtown DetroitThese places will get you in and out.

Watch & Listen LIVE