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Michigan's largest county is postponing jury trials until January.

Tim Kenny, chief judge at Wayne County Circuit Court, says coronavirus cases are on an "upward spiral," making it unsafe to hold trials. Trials had resumed in late September.

In the Grand Rapids area, Kent County also has halted jury trials until January. 

“It is important that we do not expose any people when our numbers are as high as they are right now,’’ Judge Mark Trusock said last week.

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Back in January, Michigan Radio shared the story of how a man escaped prosecution after multiple families accused him of sexually abusing their kids. Shortly after we spoke to Jamie Treadwell in the fall of 2019, he broke ties with the celibate, religious brotherhood based in Chelsea, Michigan that he was a part of for decades.  

Now, another child has come forward with allegations against Treadwell. This child is a student at The Potter’s House school, where Treadwell was an artist in residence from the fall of 2015 through the fall of 2016.

The alleged abuse took place at the school in January 2016, according to court records and a press release issued by Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker.