ELBERTA — Investigators found a secret room in a home and evidence they said suggests an Elberta man tried hiring women to commit sex acts.
Traverse Narcotics Team detectives received a complaint Friday accusing Kenneth Bonney, 57, of trying to pay women to commit sex acts. The complaint led TNT and Benzie County Sheriff's Department investigators to secure search warrants for two homes — one on Six Mile Road in Joyfield Township and another on McConnell Drive in Elberta. They found a secret room containing evidence of Bonney's plot to arrange the sex acts, according to reports. Troopers additionally suspect, Bonney, a convicted felon, owned several guns.
Lt. Travis House with the Michigan State Police 7th District Headquarters, which manages TNT, declined to share further information, citing the continuing investigation.
He did not rule out the possibility that there could be victims.
Troopers arrested Bonney and drove him to Benzie County's jail. Benzie County prosecutors filed five firearm possession by a felon counts and a prostitution pandering charge against Bonney, a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison. He appeared for an arraignment hearing on the charge in 85th District Court Sunday.
Anyone with more information should contact the Benzie County Sheriff's Department. Deputies, troopers and U.S. Department of Homeland Security personnel assisted in the investigation.