Saint Helen Man Accused of Having Sex with Underaged Teens

Deputies in Roscommon County say a man had sex with underaged teenage girls he lured in on Facebook.

Levin Wingate Junior is accused of having sex with six victims ages 12 to 14. Deputies say there are several incidents dating back nearly two years.

The sheriff says a parent noticed some inappropriate messages sent from Wingate to her daughter on Facebook. While her daughter never became a victim, she contacted the Sheriff's Department in the middle of February who started an investigation.

Deputies say Wingate targeted middle school girls.

“We do know of one incident at the Saint Helen School where he showed up at a middle school dance and was asked to leave. We do have information that he had thoughts of going to other schools not only in our county but in surrounding counties,” said Sheriff Randall Stevenson.

The sheriff says there could be even more victims out there and thinks more will come forward.

9 and 10 News spoke with the Oasis Family Resources Center in Cadillac for advice on how to protect teens from online predators. Their contact information is listed below.

Phone (231) 775-SAFE

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Jacob Johnson have more on the story.