FLINT, MI - 43-year-old George Earnest Huffman, III, a Perry Township man, has been found guilty in the first case brought to trial in a series of GHOST cases aimed at cracking down on human trafficking Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton and Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson announced in a statement.
George Huffman, III, a former U.S. Senate candidate from the Taxpayers Party, was convicted on Friday January 17th, 2020, by a jury who found him guilty of child sexually abusive activity, a 20-year-felony, after an undercover online sting operation by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office caught him and dozens of others attempting to arrange for sexual acts with underaged children.
The Sheriff’s Office initiative, called the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST), is an effort to crack down on human trafficking activity in Genesee County. Online ads were posted on what is commonly referred to as the “dark web” which is not accessible through regular internet search engines.
Prosecutor Leyton alleged that Huffman and others were utilizing content on the dark web in an attempt to set up meetings with underaged individuals to engage in sexual activity with them. Deputies working on the GHOST sting made multiple arrests in 2019 at local Genesee County motels.
“Human trafficking comes in many forms and one of the most widely used techniques by traffickers is to use the internet for prostitution with trafficked victims many of whom are underaged,” said Prosecutor Leyton. “The Huffman case is just the first case and we are ready and prepared to hold the others accountable for their actions as well,” Leyton said. Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson said “The message to the community is loud and clear: in Genesee County, we will do whatever we can by any means legally possible to fight human trafficking and to apprehend child predators.”
George Huffman will be sentenced on February 18th.
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