In January 2018, The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office MACE (Macomb Area Computer Enforcement) unit was requested to assist the St. Clair Shores Police Department in a child sexual abusive activity case.
A 13 year old female had met a male via social media and the two began to talk. The two began communicating via a second social media application called “Snapchat”. The man began to solicit the 13 year old for nude photographs. He claimed that he had another nude photograph of her and would expose her if she did not send him additional photographs. The 13 year old gave in under the pressure and sent a photograph to the suspect. After receiving the first photograph, the man continued to threaten the 13 year old and demanded more photos.
Snapchat is a free application that allows users to send others photos and control how long receivers can see them. These photos last for up to 10 seconds before they disappear. If you screenshot the photo, the application will notify the sender that a screenshot was taken.
MACE detectives began to investigate and issued several search warrants to different companies. Information was gathered that led detectives to Hadi Cherri, an 18 year old male out of Dearborn.
This case was submitted to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued; Count 1: Children – Accosting for Immoral Purposes (4 year felony), Count 2: Computers – Internet – Communicating with Another to Commit Crime (10 year felony), Count 3: Extortion (20 year felony), Count 4: Computers – Using to Commit a Crime (20 year felony). Cherri was arrested at his home on this warrant and lodged at the Macomb County Jail on 3/23/18.
Cherri was arraigned on 3/26/18 in the 40th District Court of St. Clair Shores. He received a $150,000 bond (10%) and must have a GPS tether within 24 hours of release. As part of his bond he is not to have contact with anyone under the age of 18 and no internet use. Cherri is scheduled to be back in the 40th District Court on 4/6/18 at 8:00am for a probable cause conference.
MACE detectives continue to investigate this case and believe that there may be additional young females who have been victimized.