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6 News has learned police and prosecutors have charged three others in ‘child predator operation’ May 2-3.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — The boy’s basketball coach at Holt High School was one of four men in a multi-jurisdictional “child predator operation” May 2 and 3.

In addition to arresting Muhammad El-Amin, law enforcement from the Lansing Police Department, Eaton County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police arrested three other men, officials at the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed Tuesday morning.

Also arrested in the operation were Chad Allan Gober, 46, of Lake Odessa; Cristher A. Medina, 20, of Carthage, MO; and Nelson Aubrey Davon Houck, 33, of Mason.

Lansing Police Department booking photos of four men arrested in “child predator operation.” They are Chad Allan Gober, 46, of Lake Odessa; Nelson Aubrey Davon Houck, 33, of Mason; Cristher A. Medina, 20, of Carthage, MO; and Muhammad El-Amin, 36, of Delhi Township. (WLNS)

Each has been charged with Child Sexually Abuse Material, a 20-year felony and Child, Accosting for Immoral Purposes, a 4-year felony. In addition, each was charged with Using a Computer to Commit a Crime specifically child sexually abusive material, a 20-year felony; Using a Computer to Commit a Crime related to accosting a minor for immoral purposes, a felony punishable by four to ten years in prison.

Both the Child Sexually Abusive Material and Accosting charges carry a requirement for the accused, upon conviction, to register as a Tier II sex offender.

Houck was also put on notice of being a habitual offender, third offense.

Eaton County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher N. Anderson tells 6 News that his office has not issued any charges from the operation.

“We do not have any records for that subject,” Anderson wrote in an email Tuesday. “At this time I have no knowledge regarding any possible future charge request here.”

Here below are the details on each arrest, as well as the Affidavit of Probable Cause for each case in the operation. The affidavits were obtained from the 54-A District Court.

Nelson Aubrey Davon Houck, 33, Mason

Lansing Police Department booking photo of Nelson Aubrey Davon Houck. (Courtesy Lansing Police Department)

In the affidavit filed with 54-A District Court, Houck communicated with a police officer posing as a 15-year-old. Houck made contact with the decoy through an online prostitution website that used a “digitally altered” picture of a woman to look like a 15-year-old.

He allegedly reached out seeking sexual intercourse and offered to pay the decoy $75 for the act. The decoy allegedly told Houck “several times,” “I’m 15.”

Houck was convicted in Bay County in 2010 of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance less than 50 grams and in 2013 he was convicted of interfering with electronic communications in Midland County.

Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Kyle Kaminski reports he was on supervised parole as a result of convictions of unarmed robbery and aggravated assault from the state of Utah. Kaminski says his parole was transferred to Michigan from Utah.

He is currently in the Ingham County Jail.

“A new felony represents a violation of the terms for supervision,” Kaminski tells 6 News in an email. “The MDOC has placed a detainer on Houck so that he can go through the parole violation process once he becomes available to the Department.”

Houck Affidavit

Houck 54-A District Court Register of Actions

Cristher A. Medina, 20, Carthage, MO

Lansing Police Department booking photo of Cristher Medina. (Courtesy Lansing Police Department)

The affidavit filed in 54-A District Court alleges Medina made contact with a law enforcement decoy through a website promoting prostitution. The affidavit reports the advertisement “could not be accessed accidentally as the only way for the ad to be discovered the computer user would have to select the option for female escorts in Lansing, MI.”

Medina allegedly communicated “through the ad.” During his communications, he agreed to pay the decoy $100 for sexual intercourse. The decoy allegedly informed Medina she was 15.

“Yeah. Yeah that’s fine as long as we don’t involve any police,” Medina allegedly told the decoy. “That’s fine with me.”

Medina agreed to meet the allegedly 15-year-old female for sexual intercourse and to pay her $100 in cash and a cherry Pepsi.

When he was arrested at the meeting location, police allege they located a cherry Pepsi in his vehicle.

He was arraigned in 54-A District Court on May 3. Judge Stacia Buchanan set a $5,000 bond for Medina.

Medina Affidavit

Medina 54-A District Court Register of Actions

Chad Allan Gober, 46, of Lake Odessa

Lansing Police Department booking photo of Chad Allan Gober. (Courtesy Lansing Police Department)

Court records report Gober allegedly communicated with the decoy on both May 2 and 3. He allegedly declined to meet on May 2, but allegedly reconnected with the decoy on May 3 and wanted to meet in Fitzgerald Park in Grand Ledge. He told the decoy, who was posing as a 15-year-old girl, he wanted to be manually stimulated.

He allegedly agreed to provide the teenage girl a “Smirnoff alcoholic drink and a vape” in exchange for the sex act.

Undercover officers in Fitzgerald Park identified Gober in a black Chevy Silverado.

He was arraigned on May 4 in 54-A District Court. Judge Cynthia Ward set his bond at $5,000.

Gober Affidavit

Gober 54-A District Court Register of Actions

Muhammad El-Amin, 36, Delhi Township

Lansing Police Department booking photo of Muhammad El-Amin. (Courtesy Lansing Police Department)

According to court documents 6 News obtained, multiple law enforcement agencies conducted “several Child Sex Stings” on May 2 and 3. The law enforcement team posted an online ad offering female escorts in Lansing on a prostitution website, according to documents.

Police said El-Amin responded to the ad and used text messages to request oral sex. The police decoy stated they were 15 years old multiple times, according to records.

El-Amin and the decoy agreed on payment for the act of $50 and a pack of White Claw. The decoy set a location to meet, a local business and again said she was 15 but was able to drive.

At the agreed-upon time, El-Amin showed up with the cash and drinks followed by police taking him into custody.

Investigators said El-Amin “stated he believed the decoy was 15. El-Amin confirmed he was attempting to meet a 15-year-old girl for sexual acts.”

El-Amin is scheduled to be in court on May 17 for a probable cause hearing and May 24 for a preliminary hearing.

Holt Public Schools sent a letter to the school community Friday announcing El-Amin had been placed on administrative leave.

The El-Amin Affidavit

The El-Amin 54-A District Court Register of Actions

Letter from Holt Public Schools about arrest of El-Amin

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