MANISTEE — A Traverse City man faces a felony sex crime charge in Manistee County.
Authorities said Texas Samuel Barnett, 37, sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl on July 11 when his girlfriend left her child in his care. The mother confronted Barnett after she learned of the incident and he admitted to “having a problem,” police said.
Michigan State Police Sgt. Malcolm Irwin said the crime occurred in Manistee County. Investigators located Barnett through phone tracing and information from a cooperating family member.
“He was apprehended in Grand Traverse County where he was trying to gather things to flee the state,” Irwin said.
Barnett faces a felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. He is lodged in Manistee County’s jail on a $100,000 cash bond.