St. Clair County Man Arrested for Accosting a Minor

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – An investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a man from St. Clair County. MSP

The arrest was made in St. Clair County, on Thursday, Sept. 5, by troopers from the MSP Computer Crimes Unit Traverse City Office with assistance from the Port Huron Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit.

The arrest stems from an undercover investigation in which the 54-year-old suspect engaged in online chats with, whom he believed to be, a 14-year-old Traverse City girl. The suspect sent several lascivious videos and photos of himself and attempted to have her send him photos and videos of herself. The suspect also initiated conversations of a graphic sexual nature while making plans to attempt to meet in person.

He has been charged in Grand Traverse County with accosting a minor for immoral purposes, child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime. He was also charged in St. Clair County with being a felon in possession of firearms and felon in possession of ammunition. He is lodged in the St. Clair County Jail pending arraignment. Following that, he will be transferred to Grand Traverse County for arraignment.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

The MSP Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to speak to their children and family members about the safe use of the internet. There are many resources available to assist in keeping people safe online. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at http://www.missingkids.org. The MSP ICAC Task Force also provides resources at http://www.michiganicac.com.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipline at
http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.

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