DETROIT (WOOD) — A federal judge in Detroit has set a $10,000 bond for a Kalamazoo doctor detained by federal immigration officials.
If Dr. Lukasz Niec, who works for Bronson Methodist Hospital, can put up the money, he will be released from jail while his immigration case progresses.
Niec came to the U.S. from Poland as a child about 40 years ago. He was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jan. 16 for administrative immigration violations.
The investigation in to Niec, 43, was triggered by a child abuse case in which he was accused of biting his now-6-year-old daughter last July. Police and Children’s Protective Services investigated, but a bruise on the daughter’s shoulder was never determined to be a bite mark. Niec was never charged and retained his parenting time with the girl. Niec’s family has said that the abuse claim was “fabricated” by his ex to gain an advantage in a child custody battle.
ICE has also noted two misdemeanor convictions for malicious destruction of property and involvement in receiving and concealing stolen goods from Niec’s teenage years, saying those are grounds for deportation.
Niec’s detention hearing was initially scheduled for last week, but was postponed until Wednesday so attorneys would have more time to review the case.