A 33 year old Marshall man faces court action resuming in January following the opening of his preliminary exam on charges relating to contact with minor girls to get naked photos and even direct contact for sex. Jonathon Budnick remains in the Calhoun County Jail awaiting his next appearance in court.

The opening of the preliminary examination included the presiding Judge telling the court about a family friend telling her husband that the accused had attempted contact with the family friend’s daughter. That led to an attempt to get Judge Tracie Tomak removed from the case. That process ended with the Judge remaining in control of the case.

Budnick is charged with 8 counts of accosting children for immoral purposes along with a computer crimes charge and indecent exposure. Investigators so far claim to have documented his contact with more than 40 young girls.

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