Western Michigan University police officer offered $260 for sex with 15-year-old, record shows

KALAMAZOO, MI – A now-former Western Michigan University police officer allegedly offered to pay a 15-year-old girl $260 for two rounds of sex.

Abraham Martin Hohnke, 49, of Portage, was arrested April 14 after allegedly arranging to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. Two other men, Aaron James Bower-Guimond and Nathan Lee Ruzick, were also arrested.

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The men were arrested as part of a sting operation run by the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office posted an online ad for sex with a young female, according to the affidavits.

They all tried to arrange to have sex with who they thought was a 15-year-old girl, according to three probable cause affidavits filed in Kalamazoo County District Court.

Hohnke was arraigned April 15 in Kalamazoo County District Court on one felony count of children – accosting for immoral purposes and one count of computers – internet – communicating with another to commit crime.

He worked for Western Michigan University Police for 10 years before resigning after his arrest, the university said.

A sheriff’s office detective sergeant was posing as a 15-year-old girl online and arranged to meet Hohnke for sex April 13, the affidavit said.

In text messages, Hohnke said multiple times he planned to have sex with the girl. He also asked to videotape the intercourse for later viewing, the affidavit said.

Hohnke drove to a gas station near the hotel on 11th Street in Oshtemo Township where the deputy posing as a girl was at, the affidavit said.

Hohnke asked the girl to walk to him because he wanted to have sex in the back of his pickup, the affidavit said.

The detective sergeant and a lieutenant found Hohnke and arrested him in his truck, the affidavit said. He told police that he had a handgun in the center console.

He had $1,582 on him at the time of his arrest, the affidavit said.

Bower-Guimond and Ruzick were arrested at a hotel room on 11th Street on April 13, their affidavits said. The affidavits for Bower-Guimond and Ruzick are identical, explaining the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office process and how the men allegedly confessed.

In text messages, the men acknowledged that they were planning to meet with a 15-year-old girl for sex, the affidavit said.

They were arrested when they arrived at the hotel room and each confessed to planning to have sex with the girl, the affidavit said.

Bower-Guimond, 27, of Mattawan, was arraigned April 14 on one count of children – accosting for immoral purposes. Ruzick, 26, of Mattawan, was arraigned April 14 on one count of children – accosting for immoral purposes.

A detective sergeant posed as a 15-year-old girl and arranged meetings at a hotel in Oshtemo Township on April 13, the affidavits said.

Hohnke and Ruzick are scheduled for preliminary examinations May 5 before Judge Kathleen Hemingway. Bower-Guimond is scheduled for a preliminary examination May 4 before Judge Alisa Parker-LaGrone.

Hohnke was given a $100,000 cash or surety bond, which he has posted, Undersheriff Jim VanDyken said.

Bower-Guimond and Ruzick were granted a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

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