22 arrested for allegedly soliciting sex with underage children

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WJRT) -- Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell identified 22 people arrested during a child sex sting, including a senior executive at Comerica Bank.

Sheriff Robert Pickell says the suspects in the photo below were identified in a recent child sex sting operation. (Source: Genesee County Sheriff's Office)

Pickell will announce charges Monday from a large-scale investigation involving alleged human trafficking and child sex crimes. The arrests were made by the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST).

Twenty-two people are now facing charges related to soliciting sex with underage children. If convicted, they face a combined nearly 1,000 years of prison time.

The suspects come from all walks of life, including:
-- Comerica Bank Senior Vice President Carl Spreadlin.
-- Frankenmuth Credit Union Loan Manager Charles Haller.
-- A manager, subcontractor and factory worker at General Motors.
-- Two McDonald's employees.
-- Three construction workers.
-- Three unemployed men.

The 22 suspects are believed to have been targeting children in Genesee County for sexual purposes. Pickell said they reside in Genesee, Saginaw, Shiawassee, Oakland, Wayne, Lapeer and Tuscola counties.

The pending charges include someone accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old, another accused of assaulting a 6-year-old and three felony human trafficking cases.

"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 in a Sunday evening Facebook post. "Predators are increasingly becoming more adept at interacting with children through various social media platforms."

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