A St. Clair man has been charged with two felonies for allegedly sending sexually explicit messages, including a nude “selfie,” to a 14-year-old girl on the social media site Facebook, Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a statment.
Jacob Perritt, 35, has been charged with using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony, and soliciting a minor for immoral purposes, a four-year felony.
The charges are the result of an investigation led by Michigan State Police and FBI through the Southeast Michigan Crimes Against Children Task Force (SEMCAC).
Relatives of the intended victim discovered the explicit messages and the photo last September and tipped off local police, who in turn referred the matter to the criminal division of the attorney general’s office in November 2013.
Perritt surrendered to authorities and is currently in custody in East Pointe. In his initial appearance before Judge Carl Gerds, bond was set at $10,000. His preliminary exam is set for 9 a.m. May 30 in East Pointe District Court.
“Predators use the Internet as a tool to target children via their electronic devices. Thankfully, the victims’ family intervened,” Schuette said in the statement. “We will continue to aggressively seek justice for crime victims and prosecute sexual predators wherever we may find them.”