Ex-referee is charged for nude photos

Ex-referee is charged for nude photos

There are 16 comments on the Traverse City Record-Eagle story from Sep 23, 2009, titled Ex-referee is charged for nude photos. In it, Traverse City Record-Eagle reports that:

Authorities charged former 13th Circuit Court family division referee Dennis P. Mikko with possessing sexually abusive materials involving children.

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Traverse City, MI

#1 Sep 23, 2009
I hate to believe what I read in the Record Eagle. Art Bukowski is not a reliable source of information. But there it is. Dennis Mikko has been a thorn in my side for years while he made one bad ruling after another in my custody case. He sat up there Judging me and making my life and my childrens lives Hell. Why do we have to call them "Your Honor?" This news, if true, is anything but Honorable.
Former Resident

Keene, TX

#2 Sep 23, 2009
He's a creep. Lock him up, he made a mockery of his position.

Traverse City, MI

#3 Sep 25, 2009
Reserving judgement, but he looks creepy; I feel sorry for his own kids. Ex-wife was lucky to get out when she did . . .

Chesaning, MI

#4 Sep 26, 2009
Seems there are quite a few of us that have had "run-in's" with the former referee Mikko. I am yet one of many that have dealt with various family matters in front of him. I would have to say that it really touches home when you hear something such as his story knowing the fate of many issues even in my case lied right in his hands. Out of all people... It is a very sick thought and yet it just goes to show how well we really know the ones that decide so much for some of our own lives.
Too close to name names

Traverse City, MI

#5 Sep 27, 2009
WE have known this "attorney" for over 15 years, professionally. WE ARE SHOCKED, but only in the subject matter of the charges. He has always been strange, and that is stating it mildly. MANY, MANY lawyers and other professionals thought it was nothing short of a disaster in that this person was given such a position of power - but I doubt that anyone would have guessed this... He has always craved power and am sure that he has inflicted his narcissistic personality disorder on to many who were not deserving. My thoughts are with his wife and two children.
Too close to name names

Traverse City, MI

#6 Sep 27, 2009
When this person got the position of "Referee" he actually bragged that he was now the SAME as an elected Judge, because he got to wear a black robe! You bet he expected to called "Your Honor"
petition revoke mikkos

Big Rapids, MI

#7 Sep 28, 2009
I will be presenting this to circuit court as soon as I get a credible number of signatures. thanks!
petition revoke mikkos

Big Rapids, MI

#8 Sep 28, 2009
petition revoke mikkos

Big Rapids, MI

#9 Sep 28, 2009
Also too close

Springport, MI

#10 Sep 30, 2009
Too close to name names wrote:
When this person got the position of "Referee" he actually bragged that he was now the SAME as an elected Judge, because he got to wear a black robe! You bet he expected to called "Your Honor"
I knew Dennis Mikko in college and he was self centered and arrogant even then. It is a surprise he is charged with these offenses as he has always been so self-righteous.

I sincerely hope the children were not impacted.
petition revoke

Big Rapids, MI

#11 Oct 16, 2009
I spoke with one of the juvinile probationers that was on his sexually themed collage. She is absolutely terrified that he is walking free right now. lots of support on the petition, will take to prosecuter this next week.

United States

#12 Oct 27, 2009
This man should rot in Hell! He made so many familys, especially the children, suffer. I dealt with him from 1995 to 2008. He made my 2 girls sufffer emensly. Please post a note of any dates of hearings, or trials. I would love to attend. I just want to point my finger at him like he did me and tell him he is luckey to get what he gets. Because he will deserve it!
another Mom

Traverse City, MI

#13 Oct 30, 2009
I am not so sure he will get what he deserves. I think the local judges should have recused themselves from the case and offered a change of venue. They will either protect their own or they will throw the book at him in order to prove their disgust for him and the tarnishment of their system. We will have to see what happens. I am hoping for over punishment. I too was a victim of his absurd rulings. At first I thought this case did not apply to my dealings with him but I have started to rethink that idea. I had a wierd encounter with him outside of court. I was with my daughter. I thought he was staring at me but now I think he was staring at my daughter. My ex-husband show caused me almost monthly and Mikko kept encouraging him to do so, ruling in his favor everytime and humiliating me over and over. Was this his sick way of keeping us in the system and helping other men with their sick needs? I believe so. Have there been any men out there with stories of mistreatment from Mikko? I'd like to hear from you. Otherwise I will continue to believe that Mikko was "Male-Biased" espescially to those with daughters. Maybe every single case he ever worked on needs to be reviewed, not just those in probate. But I will never trust this system to do what is right. He kept that job for far too long to trust the system that allowed him such authority. It is simply deplorable.


#15 Mar 8, 2010
To "Another Mom"

I hope you've brought this up to the Prosecuting Attorney'ss office!

United States

#16 Jan 12, 2011
i agree with all of u.. he took my daughter away in 2007 and gave her to her dad who is a child molester.. what is our government comming to?
Torch Lake attorney

Grosse Pointe, MI

#17 Sep 1, 2014
The Michigan Bar Association, by the Attorney Discipline Board, Grand Traverse County Hearing Panel #1, suspended Mikko's license to practice law for one year, plus other conditions, effective June 28, 2014. (See Michigan Bar Journal, August 2014, page 74).

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