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School Presentation About Online Activity Dangers Leads to Arrest for Human Trafficking

UPDATE 1/24/23 5:20 p.m.

The Grant Police Department says 30-year-old Patrick Adam Lathrop from Philadelphia was the man arrested.

He was caught and arrested by officers at the Gerald R. Ford Airport on Jan. 14.


He’s currently in the Newaygo County Jail, with his bond set at $75,000. He’s charged with one count Child Sexually Abusive Activity, a 20-year felony and/or $100,000; one count Using a Computer to Commit a Crime, a 20-year to life felony; and one count Children – Distributing Sexually Explicit, Visual or Verbal Matter, a 2-year felony. Additional charges in federal courts are possible.

1/23/23 7:00 p.m.

The Grant Police Department said a 30-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested after a 16-year-old girl approached their school resource officer and told them about being groomed online.

Grant police said the victim approached the school officer within days of an in-school presentation about human trafficking. A suspect was arrested at the Grand Rapids airport while traveling to meet the victim.


Grant Police Chief Bradley Wade said there are some signs to watch out for.

“So a lot of these perpetrators were older. Obviously, they know what to tell young children. They will sometimes send them gifts. They will talk to them very nicely, explain that they love them,” Wade said.

Wade also said that parents need to be vigilant and know what apps kids are using. The app the victim in this was using was one the resource officer hadn’t even heard of before.