WENY News - Man arraigned after allegedly posing as young boy on Instagram

Man arraigned after allegedly posing as young boy on Instagram

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Brianna Owczarzak

FREELAND, MI -- A man has been arrested and arraigned after he was accused of posing as a young boy on Instagram and soliciting inappropriate photos from young female students.

Police said 37-year-old Jason Schultz portrayed himself as a 12-year-old boy and asked several female students to send him inappropriate photos.

Schultz faces two felony charges including one count of accosting a child for indecent purposes and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, according to Saginaw County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Boyd.

The prosecutor's office said Schultz works in the medical community.

He faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

Some of the students who were contacted attended Freeland and Swan Valley Schools, according to investigators.

Police have executed search warrants and been in contact with the students' parents, Tittabawassee Township Police Det. Brian Berg said.

Schultz's bond has been set at $250,000.

Freeland Schools Superintendent Matt Cairy barred Schultz from going to any of the district's schools or attending any school events.

If you have any information regarding this matter of if your child received an Instagram message from the usernames "Saginawbaseball;trevor" "tKnightFreeland:Saginaw Baseball" or "23basketballJones23;Knight," you are asked to contact Berg at bberg@tittabawassee.org.

The incident remains under investigation.

"Upset, angry. I find it disgusting," said Stephen Peterson, parent.

He is disturbed, but thankful his 8-year-old daughter doesn't have an Instagram account.

"I feel a little unprotected of her a little bit. It makes me want to go find that guy," Peterson said.

It is unclear how many kids the man contacted, but Cairy said emails have been sent to all parents in the district.

"As a school district we're going to do whatever we can to protect our students and make sure they're safe," Cairy said.

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