Four Michigan men are facing felony charges after hooking up with a teen boy they met
at church on Grindr.
And before you jump to the same scenario that we initially did, that it was a wild group scene gone wrong that we initially did, the four accused met the boy independently.
The teen was 15 at the time, and absent from the story are a few key details. Did he lie about his age? Does he look older than his (admittedly very few) years?
While the law says it’s ultimately up to you to make sure you aren’t committing any child sex crimes when you get between the sheets, these seem like valid questions to us. We’ve seen some 25-year-olds who look 17, and vice versa.
One of the accused, Cody Hunter Swatling, is only 18 himself. He’s pictured to the right, and could easily pass for 28.
The other three are 24, 20 and 27.
Two of the men are being held on $500,000 bond.
They face charges ranging from accosting a child for immoral purposes, using a computer to commit the crime, possession of child sexuality abusive material and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration.
The alleged encounters were reported by a family member of the teen, who is now 16.
If you’re in a situation where you suspect a hookup might be underage, it’s not a bad idea to ask to see I.D. It sounds awkward, but it’s a hell of a lot less awkward than defending child sex crime accusations in court.