Instagram predator headed to prison

SAGINAW COUNTY (WJRT) - (12/03/18) - A Saginaw County man who posed as a 12-year-old boy online and asked for inappropriate pictures has been sentenced to prison.

Jason Schultz, 38, pleaded guilty to three felony charges including: using a computer to commit a crime, possessing child pornography, and accosting a minor for immoral purposes. In return other charges were dropped.

On Monday Saginaw County Circuit Court Judge Darnell Jackson sentenced Schultz to spend between 36 months and 120 months in prison. He gets credit for the n

At his sentencing the girl's mother and father gave victim impact statements.

The girl's mother was engaged to Schultz.

"Jason I loved you, and even trusted you to be the protector of our home. When all along we needed to be protected from you. You were going to be my husband, a stepfather to my daughter. The daughter you were creeping into her room as I was sleeping," the mother said.

Tittabawassee Township Police began investigating Schultz last year.

During the investigation it was discovered Schultz had taken pictures of the girl while she was sleeping. In court her mother said she was nine-years-old when that happened.

Later he posed as a 12-year-old boy on Instagram and asked her to send pictures. She was 10-years-old when that interaction took place.

The girl's father spoke before Judge Jackson handed down the sentence.

"I can't even put into words what it has done to her and what it will continue to do. She is so embarrassed, ashamed and devastated, and cries any time I mention him, the trial, or that we might have to go back to court again. She lost her innocence and it can not be given back," her father said.

Schultz also addressed the court. He said he was sorry and "accepts full responsibility" for his "poor decision".

His attorney described the physician assistant and father of three as someone with "character flaws" who has his "faults".

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