Alleged Freeland Instagram predator could face more charges

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TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (12/14/2017) - Jason Schultz appeared in court Thursday morning on charges that he posed as a 12-year-old and asked girls to send him sexually explicit photos.

Schultz, 37, is charged with accosting a minor for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime. He was arrested on Dec. 6 and remains in custody on $250,000 bond.

Police say he used three screen names on Instagram to send direct messages to girls, mostly in the Freeland Community Schools district, enticing them to send photos of themselves.

The current charges are based on Schultz's alleged interaction with a single girl. But investigators believe he may have messaged up to 50 girls -- and new charges could be filed based on those.

"I certainly have concerns because of the enormity of this case -- how it's grown," said Tittabawassee Township Police Det. Brian Berg. "I'm getting calls and emails daily from potential victims on this -- and potential victims going back to 2015. So this is very serious."

If convicted of the accosting a minor for immoral purposes charge, Schultz could face up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors are considering a new charge of child sexually abusive material, which carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The charges could be added to Schultz's case when he appears in court for a preliminary hearing next week.

Schultz's attorney, Matthew Reyes, is not happy on how this case is being handled. His request to lower Schultz's bond from $250,000 cash was denied Thursday.

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