Michigan man faces felony charges in Calumet

By Ed Byrne * The Brillion News

CHILTON – Calumet County District Attorney Nicholas Bolz has laid a felony charge of interfering with child custody against a 22-year old rural Traverse City, Michigan, man.

The complaint accuses Calvin L. Pettigrove, of Lake Ann, Mich., of picking up a 15-year old freshman girl in the Hilbert High School parking lot on the morning of February 23, and taking her to the lower peninsula of Michigan.

The girl had been texting with Pettigrove for several months after another Hilbert girl set her up with him.

According to details in the complaint, the 15-year old girl’s mother dropped her off at Hilbert High School. The girl went into the front entrance vestibule and, as soon her mother drove off, she went to the northeast corner of the parking lot, where Pettigrove was waiting for her.

Their meeting was recorded on school surveillance video.

No one realized the girl was missing until after school. Someone called the school to say the girl was home sick. That ruse lasted until the girl’s mom came to the school to pick her up in the afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint, Pettigrove and the girl communicated on smart phones through Meet24.com, and did graphic sexual “role playing” through text messages.

The charge against Pettigrove carries a maximum penalty of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Additional charges are expected in Michigan, where sex with a child under 16 carries a potential 15 year term in prison.

Please read this week’s print edition of the newspaper for the full story. 

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