Macomb sheriffs arrest man, 51, in underage sex sting

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Sterling Heights — The Macomb County Sheriff’s version of “To Catch a Predator” netted a 51-year-old man accused of driving to a Sterling Heights location to engage in sexual activity with a supposed underage girl, according to officials.

Kevin Paul Prodin of Sterling Heights was arrested Tuesday and arraigned Thursday on felony accosting a child for immoral purposes and two counts using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime. He was lodged at the Macomb County Jail until his video arraignment in Clinton Township’s 41B District Court, where he received a $15,000 cash/surety bond.

He was released Thursday after posting bond, officials said.

Prodin’s arrest came after months of investigation prompted by an advertisement the man allegedly posted in October 2015 to a “popular computer website,” officials said. The sheriff’s Computer Crimes (M.A.C.E.) Team communicated with the man through the website and subsequently through emails and text messages, posing as an underage female.

The investigation culminated when Prodin allegedly drove to a location at “a prearranged date and time... because he thought that he was going to meet with the child for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity,” officials said. He was arrested at the scene.

After the arrest, detectives executed a search warrant at Prodin’s residence and seized evidence, according to the sheriff’s office.

The defendant is due back in court March 3.

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