51st District Court in Waterford Township (Aileen Wingblad/MediaNews Group)
A criminal case has advanced against a Dearborn Heights man accused of arranging a sexual meet-up in Oakland County with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl.
At a probable cause hearing Tuesday morning in 51st District Court, 37-year-old Steven Stec waived his right to a preliminary exam and Judge Todd Fox bound over the case to Oakland County Circuit Court for possible trial.
Stec was arrested on April 13 at an undisclosed location in Waterford where he had allegedly expected to meet a teen girl for sex after setting it up online, but when he arrived he found undercover police officers waiting for him.
Soon after Stec’s arrest, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard issued this statement: “Any sex predator who seeks to target children will be targeted by our special investigation unit and brought to the bar of justice. We will do all in our power to protect children and hold predators to account.”
Charged with child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime, Stec is scheduled to be arraigned in circuit court on May 16 before Judge Jacob Cunningham. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on either charge.
Stec is out of custody after posting bond.
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