DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — A sting operation led by multiple Michigan sheriff’s offices has resulted in the arrests of four men from Eaton County.
The four men were arrested in Delta Township on Nov. 17 and Dec. 8, 2022, after separately attempting to meet up with an underage minor.
Operation G.H.O.S.T. (Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team,) a group with the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office, teamed up with the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office for the investigation.
The goal of the operation was to target child sexual abusers and human traffickers.
During the arrests, deputies found a loaded 9 mm semi-automatic pistol on one suspect.
Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich expressed his office’s gratitude for the joint investigation with Genesee County.
“This pro-active operation prevents child sexual predators from harming our children as well as their recruitment of human trafficking victims,” said Reich.
Reich stated that Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and his investigators developed G.H.O.S.T. and have worked with multiple Michigan sheriff’s offices to arrest sexual predators and human traffickers.
Genesee county sheriff Christopher Swanson hosted a virtual town hall on Tuesday on human trafficking.
He was joined by Chris Hansen, host of To Catch a Predator, as well as an operator from G.H.O.S.T. They addressed some common misconceptions about online predators
Pointing out that people of any age sex or nationality can be predators or targets online. Most importantly, everyone involved urged parents to take a major role in educating their kids on what is appropriate behavior and closely monitoring their online activity to make sure they are not at risk.
“You’re the education, you’re the awareness, you’re the parent, the grandparent, that builds the relationship and says, ‘hey, what’s going on here in your life?’ you’re the protector, the guardian, when it comes to your kids. Saying ‘hey, let me see your phone,’ that’s good parenting! That’s good, civil course! That’s what we want you to do! But to do nothing is the worst thing, and that’s exactly what predators want you to do,” said Reich.
The virtual event lasted more than an hour and included questions from the public.
That town hall can be watched here.
“Michigan Sheriffs are committed to joining forces to arrest these dangerous criminal offenders and protect our children and communities from being harmed by them,” continued Reich.
No other information regarding the arrests has been released at this time.
Sheriff Reich and Sheriff Swanson will be sharing more about the operation on Wednesday.