A Howell High School student has been bound over for trial on charges that include multiple counts of sexual assault and extortion.

17-year-old Scott William Minton appeared for a probable cause conference in 53rd District Court Wednesday. Judge Suzanne Geddis determined there was sufficient evidence and bound Minton over to Circuit Court. Minton faces nine felony charges, five of which allege first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. He is also charged with two counts of extortion and one count of distributing or promoting child sexually abusive material.

Howell Police say the charges are the result of an April 1st incident that occurred on property adjacent to Howell High School. Although Minton was just 16 years old at the time of the alleged incident, he was charged as an adult. Livingston County Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt has said while it isn’t common practice to charge a juvenile as an adult, his office will do so when the circumstances are appropriate. He declined to release any further details on the case but noted the offenses were committed between April and May of this year.

If convicted on the charges, Minton could face up to life in prison, although a juvenile sentencing option would also be available. Future court dates have not been scheduled at this time. (JM/DK)