MARQUETTE, MICH. (WWJ) An undercover sting operation in the Upper Peninsula has lead to the arrest of a man for contacting an officer, who was posing online as an underage girl, for sex.
William Brunk, 26, of Baraga County about 75 miles west and slightly north of Marquette, has been arraigned on: one count of child sexually abusive activity, a 20-year felony; one count of using a computer to commit a crime, a 20-year felony; one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes, a four-year felony; and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony.
Attorney General Dana Nessel said the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office posted a video in June on their fake SnapChat account showing the exterior of the Water Stone suites in L’Anse Township (Baraga County) with a “suggestive message.”
“Brunk allegedly sent a private message to the account holder, whom he believed to be a 15-year-old girl, and agreed to meet at the posted location for sexual intercourse,” the attorney general’s office said in a press release.
Brunk went to the hotel the following day and arrived at the room provided by the undercover officer. He was arrested on the spot, according to the attorney general’s office.
The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, in 2019, created a fake SnapChat account to help with criminal investigations.
“The account profile depicted a young woman with dark hair and undercover officers added hundreds of “friends” to the account,” the press release read.
Brunk was given a $25,000 cash/surety bond on the condition he have no contact with unaccompanied minors, no use of computers, or internet or social media except for work needs. He also not allowed to have weapons, drink alcohol, or have controlled substances without a prescription.
“Those who prey upon children are the most depraved members of society and I will use the full resources of the Department of Attorney General to prosecute offenders,” said Nessel. “I commend our partners in law enforcement for their diligence in apprehending predators that seek to exploit and assault kids.”
Brunk is due back in court on December 6.