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Police: Man solicited minor online, who was really cop

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

A 56-year-old Taylor man is facing felony charges after being arrested by Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies after allegedly soliciting sex from someone he believed to be an underage girl, authorities said.

The suspect, William Rollins, is in the Macomb County Jail, given a cash-or-surety bond of $75,000.

Rollins’ legal troubles started on Jan. 30, when a detective with the Macomb County Sheriff’s computer crimes team saw a “suggestive advertisement” on a “popular computer website.” Lt. John Michalke, spokesman for the sheriff’s office, declined to name the site because he didn’t want to harm other ongoing investigations.

The detective responded to the ad, “adopting the persona of an underage female,” and the two allegedly began a conversation, first via email then by text messaging.

“On the pretense of engaging a sexual encounter with a child,” police say, Rollins arranged a meeting. He drove out to Macomb County and on Feb. 12 was arrested at the arranged meeting spot.

The next day Rollins was video arraigned at 41B District Court in Clinton Township, and given the $75,000 bond, on charges including two counts of child sexually abusive activity, both 20-year felonies; two charges of communicating with another computer to commit a crime; and accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Rollins is due back in court at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27.

jdickson@detroitnews.com