UPDATE: One of three Houghton County men charged with child sex crimes sentenced

The other two men will appear again in circuit court.
Jeffrey David Redd, 34, of Laurium (left), Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks, 21, of Calumet, and...
Jeffrey David Redd, 34, of Laurium (left), Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks, 21, of Calumet, and Jason Wesley Davis, 27, of Calumet, MI were arrested for child sex crimes.(UP Human Trafficking Task Force/Houghton County Sheriff)
Published: Mar. 15, 2022 at 10:42 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2022 at 11:10 AM EDT
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HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: One of three Houghton County men arrested between February and March for child sex crimes has been sentenced.

Kahleb Senia-Wicks of Calument was sentenced to one year in jail for using a computer to commit a crime, and 90 days probation for accosting children for immoral purposes. Senia-Wicks previously pled guilty to both felony charges last month.

Jeffrey David Redd of Laurium and Jason Wesley Davis of Calumet who were arrested for similar crimes await sentencing.

Redd was remanded from circuit court to district court and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Oct. 28. A new hearing has not yet been scheduled for Davis.

Last published: Sep 12, 2022 1:28:41 PM

One of three Houghton County men arrested between February and March for child sex crimes is scheduled for sentencing.

Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks of Calumet plead guilty to two felony charges: using a computer to commit a crime and accosting children for immoral purposes. His third charge, possession of child sexually abusive material, also a felony, was dismissed.

Senia-Wicks will be sentenced on Oct. 3, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

Senia-Wicks and two other men, Jeffrey David Redd of Laurium and Jason Wesley Davis of Calumet, were arrested in March as part of the same operation conducted by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and U.P. Human Oppression Strike Team (UP HOST).

Redd and Davis were also charged with using a computer to commit a crime, accosting children for immoral purposes, and possession of child sexually abusive material. They were originally bound over to district court, until being bound back to circuit court in August.

Redd will appear for a pretrial hearing Sept. 16 at 1:30 p.m. Houghton County Circuit Court. Davis last appeared in circuit court for a motion hearing on Sept. 1. A new court date has not yet been set.

For information on the arrest, see the original story below. TV6 will continue to follow this story as it develops.

Last published: Apr 19, 2022 5:56:44 PM

Three Houghton County men who were arrested last month for crimes related to child sexually abusive activity have been scheduled to appear in court.

Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks, 21, of Calumet was bound over to Houghton County Circuit Court and is scheduled appear on April 22 at 1:00 p.m.

Jeffrey David Redd, 34, of Laurium is scheduled to appear in Houghton County District Court on April 29 at 10:00 a.m. Jason Wesley Davis, 27, of Calumet will appear in Houghton County District Court on May 23 at 9:30 a.m.

The three men were identified and arrested after chatting with undercover police agents who were posing as minors. They then showed up at a hotel with payment, in exchange to have sex with a minor.

We will continue to update this story as it develops.

Last published: Mar 15, 2022 3:45:59 PM

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from the U.P. HOST (Human Oppression Strike Team) identified and arrested consumers of child sex crimes in Houghton County.

Three males between the ages of 21-34, chatted with undercover police agents, posing as minors, and showed up at a hotel with payment, in exchange to have sex with a minor.

The three suspects that were taken into custody are Jeffrey David Redd, 34, of Laurium, Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks, 21, of Calumet and Jason Wesley Davis, 27, of Calumet.

They were each arrested on different days and are all currently being housed in the Houghton County Jail.

Each of the three suspects were subsequently charged by the Houghton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with the following three offenses:

1. Child Sexually Abusive Activity, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $100,000. Conviction of this offense also carries requirements to register as a sex offender under the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act.

2. Use of a Computer to Commit Child Sexually Abusive Activity, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or $20,000. This charge carries with it the possibility of a consecutive sentence that is within the discretion of the sentencing court.

3. Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes, a felony with a maximum penalty of 4 years in prison and/or $4,000. Conviction of this offense also carries requirements to register as a sex offender under the Michigan Sex Offender Registration Act.

Redd was additionally charged a fourth criminal offense for Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Cocaine, felonies with a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to $25,000.

Davis, a registered sex offender who moved to Calumet from Wisconsin just six months ago, was previously charged with child enticement in Marathon County trying to meet up with a 15-year-old girl for sex.

The agencies involved in the investigations included Houghton County Sheriff Josh Saaranen and personnel, Keweenaw County Sheriff Curt Pennala and personnel, Baraga County Sheriff Joseph Brogan and personnel, Ontonagon County Sheriff Dale Rantala and personnel, Iron River Police Chief Curt Harrington, and the FBI.

Operational expenses were grant-funded through the task force partnership with Operation Underground Railroad Domestic Services (OUR).

Sheriff Saaranen, “Appreciates the collaboration between the four-county sheriff’s, Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force (UPHTTF) and the U.P. HOST team. We’re working together to not only take predators into custody but to also make sure that there are strong avenues for individuals and victims to receive advocacy and help.”

The U.P. HOST team was created by the UPHTTF, a nonprofit NGO that set forth the following goal to investigate & prosecute human trafficking cases at the local, state, and federal levels.

Stephanie Graef, President of the UPHTTF highly, “Commends the exceptional multi-agency collaboration, leadership, time dedication and resources allocated over the past several months by U.P. HOST Team lead Chief Curt Harrington, Keweenaw, Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon Sheriff Offices and FBI to identify child sex predators.”

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is asking if you or a loved one has been harmed by any one of these three males, to contact them at (906) 482-0055 to help file a criminal complaint and end the sexual harm.

A 24/7 confidential helpline, operated by the UPHTTF is available to the public to call for those for advocacy and help (906) 299-9243. To find more information in ways you can help support the mission go to Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force.

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