June 20, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Grand Rapids gospel radio DJ arrested on sex charge

Gaylord — A gospel radio DJ was arrested Friday for paying for an individual to arrange sexual rendezvous with minors, authorities said.

Homeland Security special agents, Michigan State Police troopers and Battle Creek Police Department arrested A 35-year-old Caledonia man on first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Khaalid Walls. The suspect is a radio personality at Grand Rapid’s Family Christian Radio station, also called WCSG, Walls said.

Authorities say the suspect paid a defendant of a separate child-exploitation investigation to arrange sexual encounters with minor victims.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children cooperated in the case.

The investigation was conducted under Homeland Security’s “Operation Predator,” an international initiative launched in 2003 to protect children from sexual predators.

Since its inception, Homeland Security has arrested more than 10,000 individuals — 2,000 alone in 2013 — for crimes against children including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children.

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