Traverse City Man Facing Charges, Inappropriate Texts To Young Girl

A Traverse City man is accused of inappropriately texting with a 14-year-old girl.

Jeremy Whittaker met the girl on Facebook, and began texting her shortly after.

The prosecutor says the text messages became increasingly sexual, and Whittaker sent at least one inappropriate picture.

He faces several charges, including using a computer to commit a crime, and being a habitual offender.

“Over the years, we’ve had a number of cases where a predator tries to engage in contact with a child online, or otherwise, and attempts to make contact, get their trust, and then meet with the child,” says Grand Traverse County Prosecutor Robert Cooney.

The prosecutor urges parents to monitor what their children are doing on social media very closely.