A Howard City Police investigation has helped put a sexual predator from out-of-state behind bars.
According to Howard City Police Chief Steve DeWitt, they received a complaint from a township resident in January 2012 that her underage daughter was receiving explicit text messages from an unknown subject. Messages were over 100-200 in number. He said the messages were aggressive and sexual in nature, with the suspect attempting to gather personal information from the victim and photos.
“It is believed the suspect obtained personal information of the girl from a social media website to initiate the contact,” explained DeWitt.
The Howard City Police began an in-depth investigation that crossed state lines and led to a suspect in Bowling Green, Missouri. A search warrant executed by HCPD revealed evidence leading to the suspect.
Working in conjunction with the Bowling Green Police Department, a suspect was identified and arrested. DeWitt said other out of state Police Departments also received similar complaints.
The man, Jeffrey Glen Silvey, 33, pled guilty Monday to felony harassment last month for sending sexually provocative messages to an underage girl for just over a year. He was sentenced to three years in prison. He is also awaiting trial on charges in a separate case—six counts of child molestation and two counts of sexual misconduct for alleged sexual acts with a 10-year-old girl.