TC Investigators Considering More Victims In Sex Crime

A downstate man is accused of having sex with an underage girl.

Now, the Grand Traverse County Prosecutor’s Office says there could be more victims.

Dustin Maleski turned himself in earlier this week.

He is charged with two counts of third degree criminal sexual conduct.

According to police reports, 22-year-old Maleski asked a 14-year-old girl to be his friend on Facebook.

A few weeks later, the two met up at a Traverse City movie theatre and ended up having sex.

But now the sheriff’s department and the prosecutor’s office are investigating the possibility of more victims — other teens Maleski friended first online.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor, Noelle Moeggenberg says their office is investigating other possible cases involving Dustin Maleski.

“Our office as well as the sheriff’s department has received a number of calls from other concerned parents who may have had some contact with Dustin Maleski,” said Moeggenberg.

In the police report involving the current Grand Traverse County case — there’s also a detailed report of Maleski asking another underage girl to be his friend on Facebook.

The girl did not want to meet him.

But she did post some of her locations on Facebook and Maleski showed up at one place.

And the 14-year-old he’s accused of having sex with says she knows Maleski is friends with others at her school, and other parts of the state.

“At this point we don’t know if we have other victims, but we do know there are a number of other young females who had contact with him,” said Moeggenberg. “We are investigating those cases and hopefully we’ll know shortly whether or not we have additional victims.”

So how can you avoid your child from becoming a victim?

“The top thing parents can do is communicate with their child,” said Detective/Sergeant Wesley Smith, Michigan State Police. “It’s very important to ask them how their day went, who they are talking to online, ask them what sites they are on and what apps are using.”

And there are a few possible warning signs.

“If the child acts differently or they start asking out of the ordinary questions,” said Detective/Sergeant Smith.

The number thing is use common sense.

“If it doesn’t sound right— it’s probably not right,” said Detective/Sergeant Smith.

According to the police report, there could also be a possible sex crime case involving Maleski in Wexford County.

But we’re told that investigation is in the very early stages.