Man faces charges in solicitation of student
A 46-year-old man was arraigned Thursday on accosting and soliciting charges after he allegedly approached a high school student and offered her $100 to “have some fun,” officials said.
Jerome Hyrne, of Monroe Township received a $1,000 cash/surety bond at arraignment in Monroe County’s First District Court, according to the county sheriff’s office. He was arrested Thursday after an extensive investigation into the 7:50 a.m. Jan. 5 incident at Jefferson High School, located at 5707 Williams Road in Frenchtown Township.
The unnamed girl was approached by the suspect after she pulled into the school’s parking lot, officials said last month. She began walking across the lot toward the school building when the suspect pulled up and offered her $100 “to have some fun.”
The student ran into the school unharmed. Officials did not release her age.
The man’s vehicle was captured on surveillance images that helped officials crack the case, according to the sheriff’s office. The vehicle initially was described as a blue or gray four-door sedan, possibly a Ford 500.
Witness statements also played a crucial role, officials said.
“Sheriff’s detectives conducted a lengthy investigation that included searching all Ford 500 vehicles registered in Monroe County that had the same characteristics shown in the surveillance images,” officials said. “Additionally, detectives spoke with another witness who noted the suspect vehicle was a Ford 500, mint-green in color.”
Officials last month released a composite drawing of the suspect created by a forensic artist with the Michigan State Police Forensic Art Unit.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the Monroe County Sheriff’s Detective Bureau at (734) 240-7530.