7 Michigan men arrested for trying to meet up with young boys, girls for sex, police say

Suspected predators charged with accosting children, using computer to commit crime

From left to right (top): William Machuta, Dwayne Overton, Cody Bunner, and Zachary Bell. From left to right (bottom): Brent Hulien, Andrew Cousar, and John Guernsey. (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)

ISABELLA COUNTY, Mich. – Seven Michigan man have been arrested for trying to meet up with young boys and girls for sex, according to police.

Members of an Isabella County Sheriff’s Office task force communicated with several possible child predators on social media apps, officials said.

The suspected predators agreed to meet at a location to have sex with underage children, police said. When they got to the location, they were taken into custody, according to authorities.

Five men were arrested at the location, and two others fled in vehicles before police could make contact, officials said. Both men were eventually stopped and taken into custody.

Charges are being reviewed for two additional men in connection with the operation, police said.

Seven men have been charged with accosting children for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime:

  • Zachary Bell, 25, of Mount Pleasant
  • Cody Bunner, 22, of Mount Pleasant
  • Andrew Cousar, 29, of Grand Rapids
  • John Guernsey, 50, of Chippewa Township
  • Brent Hulien, 34, of Standish
  • William Machuta, 32, of Mount Pleasant
  • Dwayne Overton, 21, of Union Township

Cousar is also charged with fleeing and eluding and failure to report.

The FBI, Michigan State Police, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, the Mount Pleasant City Police Department, Central Michigan University police, the Shepherd Police Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Isabella County Central Dispatch helped with the operation.

William Machuta (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)
Dwayne Overton (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)
Cody Bunner (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)
Zachary Bell (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)
Brent Hulien (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)
Andrew Cousar (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)
John Guernsey (Isabella County Sheriff's Office)

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