West Bloomfield Township, Michigan’s Kurt Rillema held without bond in Oakland County Jail

Kurt Alan Rillema, 51, of West Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan, United States is an avid golfer who owns a construction company. Aside from West Bloomfield Township, he has lived in other parts of Michigan including Bloomfield Hills, East Lansing, Ferndale, Rochester, Troy, Utah, Utica, Washington and Wyandotte.

On September 6, 1999, Rillema allegedly came through the back employee door of Twin Lakes Golf Course in Oakland Charter Township, Oakland County, demanded a female employee, then 22, she takes her clothes off and sexually assaulted her. She was working at the golf course’s food stand.

Police officers could not find the suspect although they were able to get deoxyribonucleic evidence from the scene, which was entered into a national DNA database. The victim currently lives outside Michigan.


On July 27, 2000, Rillema allegedly confronted a woman, then 19, who was jogging on a golf course at Penn State University in University Park. Pennsylvania, USA, held a knife to her neck and sexually assaulted her. The officials in Pennsylvania could not identify a suspect although they had the evidence of the assault, which was later destroyed as permitted under state law.

In 2004, the DNA database matched both cases. Rillema’s DNA matched evidence in both cases when police from Michigan and Pennsylvania reopened the case and submitted the DNA and evidence to Paragon NanoLabs, a third-party lab based in Reston, Virginia, USA, for genetic genealogy testing in July 2021.


On April 17, 2023, Rillema was arrested. On April 18, 2023, he was arraigned in 52-3 District Court in Rochester Hills, Oakland County.

On April 27, 2023, Rillema will attend a probable cause conference. He is held without bond in the Oakland County Jail in Pontiac, Oakland County.

Represented by Deanna Kelley, Rillema was charged with first-degree and second-degree criminal sexual conduct in Michigan. In Pennsylvania, he was charged with felony counts of rape, sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault, and misdemeanor counts of indecent assault, unlawful restraint, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.

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