• Conviction - ktech724 - Temperence, Michigan

    - Chatlog Conviction -
    File originally posted on 2/1/2010 2:25 PM PST [Link to File]
    Report made 2/1/2010 2:25 PM PST

    ktech724 (08/22/08 1:00:41 AM): where in mi u from
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:00:46 AM): west
    ktech724 (08/22/08 1:00:54 AM): kool
    ktech724 (08/22/08 1:01:38 AM): mind if i ask u wear thongs or panties
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:02:41 AM): panties
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:02:44 AM): the bikini kind
    ktech724 (08/22/08 1:02:51 AM): sexy
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:03:40 AM): thanks
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:03:41 AM): :D
    ktech724 (08/22/08 1:04:05 AM): u a virgin
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:04:09 AM): no
    decoy name (08/22/08 1:04:11 AM): are you?
    ktech724 (08/22/08 1:04:26 AM): no
    Less than a half hour into the chat. No hesitation.

    Don Schmidt Jr. avoided being arrested during the Grand Rapids, Michigan sting in the fall of 2008, but he couldn't hide forever. He was arrested in the summer of 2009 in Monroe County, Michigan, as Michigan takes this crime very seriously. If you solicit a child for sex, you can't just hide behind your monitor and get away with it. As many of these predators do, Schmidt pled guilty. He received 150 days in jail and 5 years probation.

    Contributor notes from Marge Arita

    I met Don Schmidt, Jr. during the build up for our Grand Rapids sting. The chat was pretty typical. He asked all the usual perv questions. He stated that he wanted to meet and have sex with my 14 year old decoy. And if he had not been on a hunting trip to Colorado the weekend of our sting I have no doubt he would have shown up at the bust house. He was later arrested because he exposed himself on webcam to me and in the state of Michigan the perv does not have to show up to be arrested.

    I had to travel to Monroe, Michigan to testify in a preliminary hearing for this case. Monroe is a small town and the courthouse is located in the beautiful historic downtown area. We had to wait until the judge was ready for us so the state's attorney, the state's investigator and I were shown to an area where we could wait. We didn't wait for very long before someone came to show us to the courtroom. While entering the smallest courtroom I have ever been in, I turned around to ask the investigator, who I thought was right behind me, where I should sit. I ran right in to Don Schmidt, Jr. He looked even younger up close than he did on webcam. I have to wonder what was going through his mind when he realized the overweight, middle aged woman he ran in to was the decoy he was talking to about sex and showing his penis to.

    A couple months after the preliminary hearing Don Schmidt, Jr. decided to take the plea agreement he was offered. On January 7, 2010 he was sentenced to 150 days jail, 5 years probation, and fines and costs. He was taken into custody at sentencing.

    This is our 503rd conviction since June of 2004, our 3rd conviction for 2010, and our 66th conviction in Michigan thus far.