SAGINAW TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (2/21/2020) - A Mid-Michigan man is accused of soliciting an underage girl for sex.
Police are saying little about the investigation, but it underscores the possible danger that lurks online.
Police say 65-year-old James Mochen of Saginaw Township had arranged a meeting with someone who he thought was a girl at Fashion Square Mall.
Police allege that on Jan. 29, Mochen began using Facebook Messenger to solicit an underage girl to meet him for sex. He made plans to meet the girl at Fashion Square Mall on Feb. 12.
But when Mochen arrived at the mall around 6 p.m., Saginaw Township police officers were waiting and arrested him.
Mochen has been arraigned on two counts of using a computer to commit a crime and single counts of accosting a child for immoral purposes and child sexually abusive activity.
Saginaw Township police are not releasing any information on how the investigation started.
The arrest is another reminder for parents about the possible dangers their children could face if they are not paying attention to their children's social media habits.
A man posing as a 14-year-old online has been meeting men in Bay City, who thought they were communicating with 14-year-old.
Jeff Bader of Caro was arrested in part because of the video that man took as the two talked. Bader faces a preliminary hearing in Tuscola County in two weeks.
Another video the man posted online is part of another investigation in Bay City and is waiting for the county prosecutor's review for possible criminal charges.
In the Saginaw Township case, Mochen is free on a $100,000 cash surety bond. Mochen's attorney declined to comment on the case Friday.