Roanoke man indicted on child sex crimes in Michigan

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MARQUETTE, MI. (WFXR) — A Roanoke man has been charged with child sex crimes after an investigation in Marquette, Michigan.

On June 7, the U.S. Attorney of the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten announced that a grand jury charged 49-year-old Erich Zeeb, of Roanoke, with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child.

On Friday, the indictment was unsealed and detailed several occasions where Zeeb allegedly “employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced” a teenage girl to engage in sexually explicit conduct to produce visual depictions.

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The investigation revealed that Zeeb lived in Houston, Texas, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Authorities believe he may have used social media including Instagram and Facebook and dating apps; such as WhosHere, Plenty of Fish, and Tinder. Zeeb may have used the following emails:

The Department of Justice says each count of sexual exploitation of a child carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years.

Zeeb remains under investigation by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations.

“We’re prepared to make our case as part of our ongoing mission to protect children and teenagers from sexual exploitation,” said U.S. Attorney Mark Totten. “As part of our work to ensure justice and protect victims, I strongly encourage anyone with information about this matter or related criminal acts committed by Erich Zeeb to contact our office.”

“Protecting children from crimes of exploitation is a top priority for HSI in Michigan, around the country, and across the world,” said HSI Detroit acting Special Agent in Charge Jared Murphey. “I encourage anyone with information to reach out to law enforcement.”

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