GENESEE COUNTY — The newly formed Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST) announced the arrest of 22 individuals who allegedly sought out underage children online for sex in an online sting operation — including one man from Shiawassee County.
George Huffman III, 42, a Perry resident, is facing three felony charges, Genesee County officials said.
Huffman was charged with child sexual abuse communications activity, accosting a child for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime, all felonies. According to online court records, prosecutors are seeking a “super” enhancement for a habitual offender (4th) status.
Genesee County court records do not indicate the date Huffman was arrested or arraigned, but indicate that the incident occurred April 12. Huffman posted a $7,500 bond May 29, and his case was bound over to Genesee County Circuit Court the same day.
Huffman, in a Facebook post, disputed the charges claiming his arrest was a case of entrapment, and police used dating apps illegally in their investigation.
In a series of comments on a local Facebook page, Huffman claims that “So far through my process it has shown to me to be nothing more than immoral acts by the county and violations of constitutional rights for nothing more than extortion to fund and keep their county running.”
The child sexual abuse communications charge is the most serious, carrying a maximum of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine. The other two felony charges are each punishable by up to four years’ incarceration.
Huffman’s Facebook page claims membership on several local government and nonprofit groups, including the Perry Township DDA, Shiawassee Council on Aging and Perry Dream Park.
He is, however, a former member of the SCOA Board and DDA. Perry Dream Park’s website does not list Huffman as a member.