Trenton man arrested in underage sex abuse sting

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A 39-year-old Trenton man faces up to 20 years in prison after he allegedly tried to arrange a meeting with an underage girl but instead met up with a Macomb County Sheriff's deputy.

Shawn Wayne Miller

Shawn Wayne Miller was arraigned by video Wednesday in 41B District Court of Clinton Township on charges of felony child sexually abusive activity, using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime, and accosting a child for immoral purposes. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the first charge.

Miller was arrested Tuesday after a deputy spotted an ad on an unnamed "popular computer website," officials said.

"Posing as an underage person, the detective answered the advertisement and engaged in a 'chat' with the individual," officials said. "The man expressed a willingness to meet with who he thought was an underage female for the purposes of sexual activity."

Miller also allegedly sent text messages and agreed to meet with the "child" in Macomb County.

"Upon arriving at the pre-arranged location, the man was arrested," officials said.

The suspect remained in the Macomb County Jail on Thursday in lieu of a $75,000 cash/surety bond. He is due back in court Feb. 6.