Sheriff: Customs worker sent nude pics to rival posing as teen girl

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Garrett McMahan

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection worker has been charged with sending nude photos to a jealous rival who posed as a teen girl online, Macomb County Sheriff's Officials announced Thursday. 

Deputies learned about the interactions April 5, when Garrett McMahan reported another man, Joshua Pringle, was posting inappropriate pictures on his social media page, investigators said in a statement.

The sheriff's Macomb Area Computer Enforcement unit learned McMahan once dated an ex-girlfriend of Pringle, who used unauthorized pictures to create a fake Facebook profile claiming he was a 15-year-old female, according to the release.

Joshua Pringle

McMahan accepted Pringle's friend request and messaged the "teen" through Snapchat before sending pictures of his genitals, authorities allege.

An investigation was submitted to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.

Pringle has been charged with one count of attempted unlawful posting of a message, which is a one-year misdemeanor. The 32-year-old pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months of probation and a fine, the Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

McMahan, 39, was arraigned Thursday in Clinton Township's 41-B District Court on one count each of accosting children for immoral purposes and using computers or the internet to communicate with another to commit a crime. Both are felonies.

Bond was set at $100,000. He was ordered to have no contact with minors or use computers. If released on bond, he is under house arrest with a tether, the county said.

McMahan is due back in court July 11.