Michigan father, 28, is arrested for ‘using explicit photos of his minor daughter as currency to have sex with predator’s adult girlfriend’
Jerome Chene of Washington Township, was caught exchanging graphic photos of his 7-year-old daughter in exchange for sex with a human trafficker’s 31-year-old girlfriend
Daniel Flowers, 36, accepted the graphic photos of Chene’s daughter as payment for sex with Michelle Irwin, 31
The pair of Flowers and Irwin were being investigated for trafficking a 21-year-old woman with special needs when they found the photos
Jerome Chene was charged with six felonies and is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on a $50,000
Flowers and Irwin have been charged with five felonies and are each being held on $100,000 bond
A Michigan man has been arrested after allegedly distributing sexually explicit photos of his seven-year-old daughter in exchange for having sex with a sexual predator’s girlfriend.
Police Wednesday accused Jerome Chene, 28, of Washington Township, is accused of taking explicit photos of his young daughter and sending them to Daniel Flowers, 36, as payment to have sex with Flowers’ partner Michelle Irwin, 31.
The alleged crimes were revealed in a Genesee Human Oppressive Strike Team (GHOST) investigation into alleged sex crimes perpetrated by the trio of Chene, Flowers and Irwin.
The probe began earlier this month when police received a report about another exploited young woman who lived with Flowers and Irwin.
A Genesee nurse informed investigators on July 2 of a 21-year-old woman with special needs who disclosed information that caused the nurse to suspect that she was being trafficked.
Executing a search warrant against their home, law enforcement discovered that the 21-year-old woman who was living with Flowers and Irwin.
After meeting on Meet Me, the three met in-person which lead to the couple trafficking the vulnerable young woman.
During the search of Flowers and Irwin’s apartment, police confiscated a backpack which was ‘stuffed full’ of provocative and disturbing items but the thing that peaked investigators’ interest the most was a bag of Sour Patch Kids candy, reports NBC25
Sheriff Chris Swanson explained that predators often use candies, coloring books, and plus toys to lure in young children.
The candy helped connect Chene and Flowers when photos of the same candy were sent to Chene’s phone.
This clue led GHOST to complete an undercover investigation which lead to the discovery that Chene had been sending graphic photos of his young daughter to Flowers in exchange for sex with Irwin.
Chene was arrested on July 5 when he traveled about an hour to arrive at Flowers and Irwin’s apartment to ‘facilitate the exploitation of a seven-year-old’ in exchange for sex.
Sheriff Swanson lauded the cross county efforts of law enforcement which allowed for the arrest to happen before the child was further exploited as law enforcement did their job to ‘protect people who can’t protect themselves.’
Chene has been charged with six felonies and is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on a $50,000.
The pair of Daniel Flowers and Michelle Irwin have been charged with five felonies and are each being held on $100,000 bond.