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BATTLE CREEK, Mich.
Dr. Lukasz Niec was released after a federal immigration judge in Detroit set his bond Wednesday at $10,000. He still faces deportation, but can remain free while his case progresses.
talked about what he was going to say, but then I got a message saying that he’s just overwhelmed with emotion and just wants a couple quiet days to take a moment, digest everything that has happened over the last few days, Niec sister, Iwona Niec Villaire, said.
he feels relief, and he’s grateful. He’s grateful to everyone who’s supported him, she added.
Dr. Niec is free on bond. He was taken out a back door while he sister was talking to us in the lobby of the bonding lobby of the Calhoun County Jail. His next court date hasn’t been set yet. from Poland as a child about 40 years ago. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jan. 16 for administrative immigration violations.
was fright, it was frustration, it was all those things mixed up, his sister said.
ICE says two misdemeanor convictions from Niec teenage years for malicious destruction of property and involvement in receiving and concealing stolen goods are grounds for deportation.
The investigation in to Niec was triggered by a child abuse case in which he was accused of biting his then 5 year old daughter last summer. Police and Children Protective Services investigated, but a bruise on the girl shoulder was never determined to be a bite mark. Niec was never charged and retained his parenting time with his daughter. Niec family has said that the abuse claim was by his ex to gain an advantage in a child custody battle.
During his Wednesday bond hearing, an attorney for ICE argued that child abuse case and drunken driving offenses from 2003 and 2008 showed Niec is a threat to the community. She said citations for speeding and driving without proof of insurance show a lack of respect for the law. She also drew the judge attention to a previous domestic violence charge, saying a jury quick acquittal in that case of Niec showed he the doctor card to get out of trouble.
But federal Judge Mark Jebson didn seem to agree,
pointing out that Niec’s most recent drunken driving charge was nearly 10 years ago and that the Kalamazoo County prosecutor never found enough evidence of child abuse to file charges.