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A man who was caught in a recent sting by the group took his own life



MONTROSE Twp., Mich. (WJRT) – For the second time in the past few weeks, there has been a death involving online child predator exposure groups.

The most recent case involved a Genesee County man who took his own life.

The man had been recently exposed by one of these groups.

Montrose Township Police confirm they are going to forward their investigation to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s office to review for potential criminal charges.

“But we are not reviewing it with respect to the actions of the now deceased individual.  We are reviewing it for the actions of the individuals, that brought him in, that confronted him, that put him on camera, that put him on social media, and that may have led to his death,” says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton.

It was on October 5th when the predator hunter group Maximum Exposures Michigan came to a McDonald’s in Saginaw to meet a 40 year old man.

The group claims the man came here to meet a 14 year old girl who he had been chatting with via Facebook messenger.

Instead, he had been chatting with an adult member of Maximum Exposures Michigan.

The group claimed the chats were inappropriate.

A video of the encounter was uploaded the next day.

On October 8th, the Montrose Township man took his own life.

Montrose Township Police are investigating.

Leyton says his office will review the report to see if any criminal charges are possible against the predator hunter group.

“Obviously you would apply the homicide statutes to see if that applies, if not then you would apply perhaps harassment or stalking statutes, also statutes with respect to the use of a computer that may have been used to commit a crime,” Leyton says.

Maximum Exposures Michigan took down the video from all of its platforms and put out a public statement on Facebook.

The statement acknowledged the messages it had been getting, writing, “I know you’re angry, you’re hurt and you need someone to blame. We are not the ones at fault.”

Leyton says he is concerned anytime citizens take the law into their own hands.

“While we appreciate the public wanting to be law abiding, we don’t need vigilantism because it upsets the apple cart,” he says.

David Leyton says the Genesee County GHOST unit had been successful in catching child predators.

We reached out to Maximum Exposures Michigan, but I did not not hear back.



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