4 men charged for alleged sexual encounters with teen

Men allegedly met boy separately through Grindr app


BRIGHTON, Mich. – Brighton police say four men from Michigan have been charged with allegedly having sexual encounters with a 15-year-old boy from the Brighton area. The men individually met the boy on Grindr, an app for "local gay, bi and curious guy for dating or friends," police say.

According to authorities, the men connected with the boy on the app in January and March. The now-16-year-old boy complained to a family member about the incidents.

The boy says then men picked him up and went to undisclosed places to have sex.

Police say three of the incidents happened in Livingston County.

Alex Peter Benedict (above, left), a 24-year-old Brighton man, and Cody Hunter Swatling (above, right), an 18-year-old South Lyon man, are being held on $500,000 bonds. They're charged with accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Benedict is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and using a computer to communicate with another to commit the crime.

Swatling faces two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of using a computer to commit the crime and possession of child sexually abusive material.

Police are also searching for 20-year-old John Joseph Gasiorek, of Brooklyn, and 27-year-old Burhan Ahmed Mian, of Flint, in connection to the case. Arrest warrants have been authorized for Gasiorek and Mian. They face charges of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, accosting a minor for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit the crime.

Gasiorek is also charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Mian is charged with assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.