Man captured by Alpena-area police guilty of child sexual assault

Courtesy photo Drone footage from the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office shows Huron Undercover Narcotics Team officers as they move in to arrest Brandon Mauk in this July 2021 News archive photo.

ALPENA ― A man captured by the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team after he fled from the Tawas area in a kayak was last week found guilty of sexually assaulting a child.

An Iosco County jury found Brandon Mauk guilty of 13 counts of abusing the child between 2019 and 2021, beginning around the child’s ninth birthday.

HUNT detectives found Mauk hiding in a tent in a desolate beach area near Alpena in July after he spent more than a week kayaking north to evade arrest.

The Alpena County Sheriff’s Office drone team and the Michigan State Police-Alpena Post canine team assisted in Mauk’s arrest.

Mauk faces a minimum 25-year sentence.


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