According to the Michigan State Police, their investigation revealed that the Reverend Strick Strickland from the Second Baptist Church paid four victims under the age of 17 to have sex with him at his family home.
This new arrest is similar to one announced Thursday; both cases involve Battle Creek men out on parole for sex crimes, who have been busted for allegedly possessing child sexually abusive material on a cell phone.
The MSP’s Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says on Thursday that their investigation into 25-year-old Richard Bilicki began after the Michigan Department of Corrections seized cell phones from him.
The Michigan State Police announced Tuesday that on January 7, 34-year-old Travis Tudor was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison on a charge of sexual exploitation of a child; he pleaded guilty to the charge in August.
Donald Johnston had been set to appear in court Tuesday after being arraigned on nine counts of criminal sexual conduct, but his defense attorney asked for a delay because he claimed he didn’t have enough time to review records regarding the accusations from three alleged victims.
Jason Bushong had pleaded no contest to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in October for grooming a 15-year-old student and engaging in a lengthy relationship with her, having sex with her multiple times. He also allegedly attempted to approach other young girls.