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Oswald Wilder In Court For Pre-Trial Hearing

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UPDATE: Oswald Wilder is facing seven different counts from criminal sexual conduct to sexual assault. 6 News Reporter Joe Khalil obtained a copy of a written statement Wilder made to police in which he details some of the encounters he had with the alleged victims. Wilder explains what drove him to allegedly commit the crimes.

He describes smoking crack cocaine and told police, I get the urge for sex when I'm on crack more than normal, I've seen fantasy movies about abuse but in the films the actors are both willing so it makes it right. What I did was not right. It eats at me every day because I have a conscience." And he says he feels badly about what happened. He goes on to describe how he pursued these women and sexually assaulted them.

6 News Reporter Joe Khalil spoke with Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings earlier this afternoon, he says he's confident they'll be able to get a conviction and says East Lansing is safer with Wilder behind bars.

"Because you had a series of assaults, that causes a great deal of concern in the community which of course it should. And I think the fact that we now have a suspect in custody should at least cause some relief to people who were concerned about that, particularly the females at Michigan State University and the East Lansing area," said Stuart Dunnings III, Ingham County Prosecutor.

Dunnings also said he credits great police work on the part of the East Lansing Police for catching Wilder.

Wilder will appear in court Friday for his preliminary exam.

6 News is following this story and will give you updates as the story develops. 

Original Story:
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Facing multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct, 26-year-old Oswald Wilder was in an East Lansing courtroom for a pre-trial hearing Tuesday. Police say he attacked several Michigan State University students near campus over the course of several months in the spring.

Oswald Wilder appeared before the judge with his attorney and he didn't make any statements. The prosecution made a request for Judge Larkin to allow two of the alleged victims to testify via video conference during Wilder's preliminary exam on Friday, September 27 because they're out of the country, one is in China and the other in Alberta Canada. The prosecution says it would cost thousands to fly them in to testify in person. The judge said she'll allow video testimony, but Wilder's attorney says if this case does goes to trial those victims will have to fly in to testify personally. His attorney also says despite facing seven very serious charges from first degree criminal sexual conduct to sexual assault, Wilder is staying positive.

"He's in good spirits, I mean he's been charged with some very heavy crimes. And I think anyone would feel the weight of that. So given the circumstances I feel that he has a very good demeanor," said Paul Toman, Attorney for Oswald Wilder.

Wilder will be back in court Friday for his preliminary exam. 6 News Reporter Joe Khalil will be speaking with the county prosecutor Tuesday afternoon and will have more tonight on 6 News at 6.

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