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      Petoskey woman charged for allegedly sexually assaulting young girl

      A Petoskey woman is being charged for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Charlevoix County.

      Valerie Scharf, 23, is being charged with one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

      Michigan State Police began investigating the case in Jan. 9 when a Department of Human Services social worker reported a crime stoppers tip to police.

      During the investigation, the victim allegedly confessed to having sexual intercourse multiple times with the defendant while they were living in the same house on Camp Daggett Road in Bay Township.

      The charge carries a maximum life sentence.