Northville man, 37, to stand trial for relationship with teen

Northville man, 37, to stand trial for relationship with teen

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Robert Messer, 37, in court on Tuesday Robert Messer, 37, in court on Tuesday
PLYMOUTH, Mich. (WJBK) -

A Northville man is ordered to stand trial, accused of running away with a teenage girl and having a sexual relationship with her.

That teenage girl took the stand today and testified details about the relationship.

Fox 2's Amy Lange reports Robert Messer, 37, is believed to have started a sexual relationship with the victim when she was just 12 years old. The victim testified Tuesday she first started to have feelings for Messer when she was 11 years old. Messer was a family friend.

The two ran off together in October, leaving behind a suicide note proclaiming their love for one another. Police found them a few days later.

Messer's attorney, Jonathan Jones, tells Lange "It's a tough case for everybody involved," and that the victim is showing a "tremendous amount of resolve" and "maturity."

VIDEO: Watch the video in the video player above to learn more from Lange's report

Messer is due back in court next week.

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