Marquette man arraigned on several charges

MARQUETTE – A Marquette man is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in district court later this month on several charges, the most serious of which is a 20-year felony for human trafficking, recruiting a minor for child sexually abusive activity, allegedly involving a 14-year-old girl.

Aaron Max Wesolek, 24, was arraigned today in Marquette County District Court. In addition to the trafficking felony, he was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is a 15-year-felony; using a computer to commit a crime, a 10-year felony, and accosting a child for immoral purposes, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

Wesolek was arrested Friday. His preliminary examination is set for 8:30 a.m. May 16.

Marquette City Police said in a news release the alleged incident occurred on April 21. On May 1, police received information that Wesolek had allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Marquette County female at his apartment, located in the city of Marquette.

Police said Wesolek had met the alleged victim via the Internet and had taken her to Marquette from her home on April 21, when the incident allegedly took place. Police served a search warrant on Wesolek’s apartment May 1.

Police said a report was subsequently prepared and sent to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office for review. A warrant was later authorized for the charges.

Bond was set for Wesolek at 10 percent of $115,000. He remained lodged in the Marquette County Jail this afternoon.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.