Sheriff: 3 men arrested for seeking sex with children
HURON CO., Mich. (WNEM) - Three men accused of seeking sex with children were arrested after a partnership between different local police agencies.
The Huron County Sheriff’s Office, Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office, Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, Bad Axe Police Department, and the FBI conducted the operation on Tuesday, July 12.
The operation targeted predators seeking to have sex with underage kids, Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson said.
The operation resulted in the arrest of the following suspects: 45-year-old Daniel Horetski, of Port Austin, 56-year-old Kevin Manor, of Sebewaing, and 40-year-old Jeremy Susalla, of Ubly. All three are lodged in the Huron County Jail on a $500,000 bond each.
The three suspects have been charged with child sexually explicit activity, using a computer to commit a crime, and accosting a minor for immoral purposes.
The operation was at an undisclosed location using internet sex and prostitution sites, the Huron County Sheriff’s Office said. Suspects would shop the sites and then reach out to communicate with a minor.
Hanson said they were communicating with members of the Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST.)
When the suspects would arrive at the location, Genesee and Huron County deputies used as decoys were there. All suspects admitted their intentions at the after-arrest interview, Hanson said.
One suspect admitted to wanting to have sex with an underage male and the others wanted to with an underage female, according to Hanson.
Multiple items of evidence were taken by officers like vehicles, cell phones, and cash.
Hanson said this situation did not involve actual teens being forced into human trafficking.
“40 years of being involved in law enforcement, we’ve never had something like this take place up here,” Hanson said.
Swanson said he is working with counties across the state to try and catch child predators before they find a victim. Swanson has a message for them.
“If this is something that you struggle with, don’t act out. Go get the help you need, go get the counseling you need, whatever it is, hold yourself accountable. Because if you don’t, these sheriffs and that prosecutor will,” Swanson said.
Since 2018, 156 suspects have been arrested by the GHOST, according to Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson.
Copyright 2022 WNEM. All rights reserved.