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Man arraigned after allegedly posing as young boy on Instagram

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Source: Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office Source: Saginaw County Prosecutor's Office
FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

A man has been arrested and arraigned after he was accused of posing as a young boy on Instagram and soliciting inappropriate photos from young female students.

Police said 37-year-old Jason Schultz portrayed himself as a 12-year-old boy and asked several female students to send him inappropriate photos.

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Schultz faces two felony charges including one count of accosting a child for indecent purposes and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to Saginaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Boyd.

He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

"On Saturday night we discovered there's possibly 30 to 50 more minor children to be interviewed by the Tittabawassee Township Police Department," Prosecutor Mark Gaertner said.

Some of the students who were contacted attended Freeland and Swan Valley Schools, according to investigators. 

Police have executed search warrants and been in contact with the students' parents, Tittabawassee Township Police Det. Brian Berg said.

Schultz's bond has been set at $250,000.

"We've received a fair amount including computers that have to be forensically analyzed. We do not know what we're going to find on those computers at this time. It could very well lead to more charges," Gaertner said.

Prosecutors said they are investigating incidents dating back to April of this year.

Freeland Schools Superintendent Matt Cairy barred Schultz from going to any of the district's schools or attending any school events.

If you have any information regarding this matter of if your child received an Instagram message from the usernames "Saginawbaseball;trevor" "tKnightFreeland:Saginaw Baseball" or "23basketballJones23;Knight," you are asked to contact Berg at bberg@tittabawassee.org.

The incident remains under investigation.

"Upset, angry. I find it disgusting," said Stephen Peterson, parent.

He is disturbed, but thankful his 8-year-old daughter doesn't have an Instagram account.

"I feel a little unprotected of her a little bit. It makes me want to go find that guy," Peterson said.

Holly Borgerding lives across the street from Schultz.

"A guy going after kids in the school district then all of a sudden it's 'oh, by the way he's your neighbor.' And oh my god," Borgerding said.

She watched as police arrested Schultz on Wednesday. She was surprised to see something like this in Freeland.

"It's weird. We're a quiet neighborhood. Everyone knows everyone. So when we see something like that it really shocks us all," Borgerding said.

She said she was surprised to hear the accusations against Schultz, saying he had always been nice to them. Schultz even helped Borgerding and her husband move into their home earlier this year.

"The day we moved into our house he came over, introduced himself, helped my husband unload the truck. There was no questions asked. He was a nice guy," she said.

Borgerding said that was the extent of their relationship other than waving hello while he was cutting the grass.

She has a young daughter and this incident has her on edge.

"Kind of worries me that there was all these kids running around and if there's anything else going on," she said.

It is unclear how many kids the man contacted, but Cairy said emails have been sent to all parents in the district.

"As a school district we're going to do whatever we can to protect our students and make sure they're safe," Cairy said.

Schultz is a student at Central Michigan University and his defense attorney said he is employed as an intern in the medical field. He was working to become a physician's assistant.

As part of his education, Schultz went through a clinical rotation where he had to satisfy a number of hours in different medical specialties. One of those rotations was at the Valley OB-GYN clinic in Saginaw.

The clinic said Schultz did not have access to patient charts and had limited interaction with patients.

Schultz is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 14 for a pre-exam conference.

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