On Monday, June 10, Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell announced charges for 22 people who allegedly solicited sex from children.

 One of those charged was Carl Spradlin, 59, of Holly Township, who faces one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes and one count of using a computer/internet to commit a crime. He is represented by attorney Frank Manley.

 Other local defendants include Kurtis Statler, 25, of Fenton Township, who is charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, using a computer/internet to commit a crime, and accosting a child for immoral purposes. His bond is

set at $10,000 for each charge. He was lodged over the weekend and his case was sent to the clerk.

 Statler has a court-appointed attorney. He is not allowed to have any contact with anyone under the age of 18 except family members, and he is not allowed to use a computer, the internet or a smartphone.

 Patrick Tulip, 51, of Gaines faces the same charges and has a $50,000 bond on each charge. He has a court-appointed attorney. He has a GPS tether and is not allowed to use a cellphone.

 Justin Kinder, 28, of Burton faces the same three charges. According to court records, his offense date is April 12, 2019, and his case was entered in on April 16. His bond was set at $2,500 per charge and he posted $7,500 on April 16. His case was sent to Genesee County Circuit Court. A jury trial is scheduled for Aug. 7.

Pickell released this statement on his Facebook page Sunday, June 9:

 “Tomorrow the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST), a newly formed task force within the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, will detail the investigation, arrests, and charges of 22 individuals for crimes related to soliciting sex with underage children.

 “The suspects in the photo below were identified in a recent child sex sting operation. They are believed to have been targeting children in Genesee County for sexual purposes. While some of the suspects live in Genesee County, others traveled from Saginaw, Shiawassee, Oakland, Wayne, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties.”

 GHOST arrested two people who are “accused pedophiles,” according to the statement. One is believed to have sexually assaulted a 2-year-old child. The other is believed to have assaulted a 6-year-old child.

 In total, the Sheriff’s office has brought 66 felony charges against these 22 individuals, which amounts to 994 combined years of potential prison time.

 “The investigation is a sobering reminder that we must be more vigilant than ever protecting our children, even when they are not in public,” Pickell said. “Predators are increasingly becoming more adept at interacting with children through various social media platforms.”

 Pickell called for law enforcement, parents and the community to work together to increase awareness of these predators and to identify them to police.

Tri-county area suspects

Carl Spradlin, 59, Holly Township

Count 1 – child sexually abusive activity - $22,500 cash surety bond

Count 2 – accosting child for immoral purposes - $15,000 (10-percent deposit)

Count 3 – using a computer/internet to commit a crime – $15,000 (10-percent deposit)

Arraigned May 25, 2019

Posted bond May 29, released

Preliminary exam June 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Attorney: Frank Manley

Kurtis David Statler, 25, Fenton Township

Count 1 – using computer/internet with another to commit crime

Count 2 – child sexually abusive activity

Count 3 – accosting child for immoral purposes

Arraigned June 8, 2019

Bond - $30,000 cash surety

Attorney: court appointed

Patrick Joel Tulip, 51, Gaines

Count 1 – child sexually abusive activity

Count 2 – accosting children for immoral purposes

Count 3 – using computer/internet with another to commit crime

Arraigned June 6, 2019

Bond - $150,000 cash surety

Attorney: John Tosto

David Edward Pfenning, 49, Davisburg

Count 1 – child sexually abusive activity

Count 2 – accosting children for immoral purposes

Count 3 – using computer/internet with another to commit crime

Arraigned April 14, 2019

Bond of $11,500 posted

Attorney: Michael Manley

Source: Genesee County 67th District Court

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