Local Facebook group sets sting for alleged child predator, police make arrest

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An Eaton County man faces criminal charges tonight and a local Facebook “vigilante group” helped Lansing Police get him off the streets. 

The group set up it’s own “sting” operation.

It led to the arrest of 41-year-old Kevin Devenbaugh of Eaton County. 

He faces two criminal counts: One for using computers to commit crimes and the other for accosting children for immoral purposes.

According to members of the Facebook group “517 Child Predator Exposures” they set up their own sting operation in July and filmed it. 

6 News has reported about this group several times. 

They say Devenbaugh met up with their “decoy”, who he thought was a 15-year old girl. 

The group says he wanted to “spend the night” with her.

According to Lansing Police “517 Child Predator Exposures” then contacted LPD and a detective has been working the case since then.

She got an arrest warrant for Devenbaugh.

Officers took him into custody yesterday and he was officially charged in court today. 

While the Facebook group was helpful in getting this investigation started, Robert Merritt, the Public Information Director for the Lansing Police Department, says police don’t encourage people or groups, to take the law into their own hands because they could actually hinder an investigation and prosecution.

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