Michigan father, 28, is arrested for ‘using explicit photos of his seven-year-old daughter as currency to have sex with predator’s girlfriend’
- Jerome Chene, 28, was caught exchanging sexually explicit photos of his 7-year-old daughter in exchange for sex with a traffickers girlfriend
- Daniel Flowers, 36, accepted the graphic photos of Chene’s daughter as payment for sex with Michelle Irwin, 31
- Flowers and Irwin were being investigated for trafficking a 21-year-old woman with special needs when they found the photos
- Chene, Flowers, and Irwin have all been arrested and charged in Genesee County Michigan
Jerome Chene, 28,(pictured) is facing charges for allegedly distributing sexually explicit photos of his seven-year-old daughter in exchange for having sex with another man’s girlfriend
A man Michigan man allegedly distributed sexually explicit photos of his seven-year-old daughter in exchange for having sex with a sexual predator’s girlfriend.
Jerome Chene, 28, of Washington Township, was arrested for taking elicit photos of his young daughter and sending them to Daniel Flowers, 36, as payment to have sex with Flowers’ partner Michelle Irwin, 31, police said Wednesday.
Chene’s alleged crimes were revealed in a Genesee Human Oppressive Strike Team (GHOST) investigation into alleged sex crimes perpetrated by him, Flowers and Irwin.
The probe began earlier this month when police received a report about another exploited young woman who lived with Flowers and Irwin.
A Genesee nurse informed investigators on July 2 of a 21-year-old woman with special needs who disclosed information that caused the nurse to suspect that she was being trafficked.
Daniel Flowers (left) and Michelle Irwin (right) were arrested alongside Chene after a human trafficking investigation by police in Genesee County, Michigan
Law enforcement retained a search warrant and discovered that the 21-year-old woman was living with Flowers and Irwin. After meeting on Meet Me, the three met in-person which lead to the couple trafficking the vulnerable young woman.
During the search of Flowers and Irwin’s apartment, police confiscated a backpack which was ‘stuffed full’ of provocative and disturbing items but the thing that peaked investigators’ interest the most was a bag of Sour Patch Kids candy.
Sheriff Chris Swanson explained that predators often use candies, coloring books, and plus toys to lure in young children.
The candy helped connect Chene and Flowers when photos of the same candy were sent to Chene’s phone.
This lead GHOST to complete an undercover investigation which lead to the discovery that Chene had been sending graphic photos of his young daughter to Flowers in exchange for sex with Irwin.
Sheriff Chris Swanson explained the human trafficking and child exploitation case during a press conference held on July 14
Chene was arrested on July 5 when he traveled about an hour to arrive at Flowers and Irwin’s apartment to ‘facilitate the exploitation of a seven-year-old’ in exchange for sex.
Sheriff Swanson lauded the cross county efforts of law enforcement which allowed for the arrest to happen before the child was further exploited as law enforcement did their job to ‘protect people who can’t protect themselves.’
Chene was charged with six felonies and is currently being held in the Genesee County Jail on a $50,000.
Flowers and Irwin have been charged with five felonies and are each being held on $100,000 bond.
Nyse Holloman with Voices for Children, an advocacy center working with children and families of abuse in Genesee County, spoke with NBC 25 saying that the agency has seen a 30 percent increase of sexual abuse claims this year compared to 2019.
She explained: ’97 percent of the cases that we see here in Genesee and Shiawassee Counties are by people that the children know. We’ve done a really great job as a community and society teaching about stranger danger but what we need to talk about is the familiar danger.’