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      Fork Township officials involved in sex case resign

      70-year-old Jack Bark Senior, the former Fork Township Supervisor, and 47-year-old Cathleen Martin, the former Fork Township Clerk, were both replaced last week.

      The two township officials from Mecosta County who were arrested for sexual assault and child abuse charges have resigned from their positions.

      70-year-old Jack Bark Senior, the former Fork Township Supervisor, and 47-year-old Cathleen Martin, the former Fork Township Clerk, were both replaced last week.

      Officials say that two Township Trustees were moved up and appointed to the positions on Saturday. Township leaders will fill the Trustee positions during one of their regular meetings in the near future.

      Bark was arrested for 8 counts of felony criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct second degree, which refers to a child under 13. Bark remains in custody at the Mecosta County Jail on a $5 million bond.

      Martin was arrested on 8 counts of felony criminal sexual conduct first degree, child abuse first degree and child abuse second degree. She also remains at the Mecosta County Jail on a $5 million bond.

      The investigation started after two sisters, ages 16 and 17 reported that they had been sexually assaulted on multiple occasions since 2009. Authorities say that one of the victims told a teacher during her Chippewa Hills High School Band Camp last week, that she had been sexually assaulted. A third victim has also come forward, claiming that Bark is responsible for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. The allegations have been turned over to the Mecosta County Prosecutors office.