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Macomb County Sheriff: Men planned to meet teen boy for sex

2 men arrested, charged with child sexual abusive activity

Scott Hartwell and Thomas Sturner

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – The Macomb County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that a special task force arrested two men, in two separate cases, after they both solicited sexual encounters with a detective who was posing as a 14-year-old boy.

First case:

Scott Hartwell, 44, of Casco Township, was arrested after he arranged to meet with a child at an apartment building in Mount Clemens, according to the Sheriff's Office. The man had a profile on a website and engaged in a sexually explicit dialogue with a Sheriff investigator. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, the man agreed to meet at a prearranged location at a predetermined time on the pretense of meeting with a teenaged boy for a sexual encounter.

Hartwell was communicating with Sheriff's investigators by text message when he was arrested at the location. He is charged with three counts of child sexual abusive activity and one count of using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime.

Hartwell was arraigned Friday and is being held at the Macomb County Jail on a $75,000 cash-or-surety bond. He is a registered sex offender after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct in 2002.

Second case:

The Sheriff's Office said Thomas Sturner, 60, of Lapeer, also began a conversation via computer with a Sheriff investigator whom he believed was a 14-year-old boy. The man sent sexually explicit messages to the investigator and agreed to meet at an apartment building in Mount Clemens for what he believed would be a sexual encounter with the teenager.

When the man arrived at the prearranged location and at the predetermined time, he was arrested. Sturner is charged with one count of child sexual abusive activity and one count of using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime.

He was arraigned Friday and is being held at the Macomb County Jail on a $50,000 cash-or-surety bond.