Bad Axe, MI

Tactics Used

Auto Seizure
Buyer Arrests
Community Service
Employment Loss
Identity Disclosure
IT Based Tactics
John School
License Suspension
Neighborhood Action
Public Education
Reverse Stings
SOAP Orders
Web Stings

Bad Axe is a city of about 3,000 residents and is the county seat of Huron County, Michigan. The city is located in the Thumb region of the Lower Peninsula. At least one web-based reverse sting has occurred in the city.

In March 2023, two men arrested in a July 2022 sting pleaded “no contest” in Huron County 52nd Circuit Court to charges including child sexually abusive material (CSAM), using a computer to commit a crime, and accosting a child for immoral purposes. In Michigan, these felonies are punishable by up to 20 years in prison each for CSAM and using a computer to commit a crime, and up to 4 years in prison for accosting a child. Three men were arrested in the July 2022 sting conducted by a multi-agency task force targeting individuals who sought to sexually abuse minors. Deputies from the GHOST team coordinated the operation with support from other agencies and the FBI. During the 10-hour operation, undercover officers used internet sites known for prostitution to pose as minors and communicate with suspects, eventually setting up a meeting place at a Bad Axe hotel, where the suspects were arrested upon arrival. All three suspects acknowledged their intentions during post-arrest interviews. The men’s identities were revealed to the press.

Key Partners

  • Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (Genessee County GHOST team)
  • Genesee County Sheriff’s Department
  • Bad Axe Police Department
  • Huron County Sheriff’s Office
  • Huron County Prosecutor’s Office
  • Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sanilac County Drug Task Force
  • FBI
State Michigan
Type City
Population 3025
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