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Personal Protection Order hearing against Commissioner Gary Rolls

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Commissioner Gary Rolls' resignation will take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

UPDATE AT 4:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- A Muskegon County judge has upheld a personal protection order (PPO) against Kent County commissioner Gary Rolls.

The judge's decision comes after two days of testimony over the circumstances of the order.

A 28-year-old Muskegon County woman is accusing Rolls of having a sexual relationship with her dating back to her childhood.  She also claims Rolls has threatened her over revealing their relationship.

Rolls' attorney cross-examined the woman Friday, the second day of the hearing.

WZZM 13 has crews following developments of the hearing.  they will have a live report on WZZM 13 News at 6 p.m.

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- We are learning new details about a Kent County Commissioner facing allegations of sexual assault.

A personal protection order (PPO) hearing was held Thursday morning for Fourth District Commissioner Gary Rolls.  The alleged victim now lives in Muskegon County, and took out the PPO in September saying Gary Rolls threatened her.

The victim, who is now 28 years old, testified Thursday that Rolls started abusing her when she was nine years old.  The two lived on the same street in Rockford, which is how they know each other.

She told the judge that by the time she was 13, Rolls had intercourse with her and that the abuse continued until she was 23.

Also Thursday, a State Police investigator told the court he anticipates Rolls will be charged with both first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. The detective says the charges have not yet been filed because they are still processing evidence taken from Rolls home in Ada.

Rolls attorney requested Thursday's hearing, asking the PPO be dropped.

The victim's attorney defended the need for a restraining order alleging Rolls threatened her, saying, "He knew people in high places."

Rolls just won re-election to the Kent County Commission in the Fourth District Tuesday.

Our lakeshore reporter Jon Mills is in court and he will have more later today on WZZM 13 News and wzzm13.com.

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