Man, 56, arrested for allegedly soliciting sex from a minor on the internet


MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. – A Taylor man was arrested after he allegedly solicited a sexual encounter with someone he thought was an underage person but was a detective with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office computer crimes team.

William Rollins, 56, is charged with two counts of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to communicate with another to commit a crime and accosting a child for immoral purposes.

According to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, a detective was monitoring a popular computer website Jan. 30, when he saw a suggestive advertisement and answered the ad, adopting the persona of an underage female.

In conversations between the detective and Rollins, first by computer e-mail and later text messaging, Rollins allegedly made arrangements to come to a predetermined location on the pretense of engaging in a sexual encounter with a child.

Authorities said Rollins came to the predetermined location in Macomb County on Feb. 12, and he was arrested.

Rollins was given a $75,000 cash-or-surety bond and is due back in court Feb. 27.