Teacher, coach nabbed attempting to solicit minor

By: Julie Snyder, | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 12, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — An Ann Arbor teacher and coach was arrested by detectives with the Macomb County Sheriff’s MACE unit Oct. 11 after he allegedly attempted to set up a meeting with someone he thought was an underage child.

Gerald Holley, 57, who works at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release, was arrested on charges of child abusive sexual activity and using a computer to commit a crime. 

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on Oct. 9, MACE detectives became aware of a man on social media believed to be a child sexual predator. That man was allegedly identified as Holley.

 Holley

Holley

An undercover MACE detective began having conversations with Holley through the internet, at which time Holley allegedly requested to have sexual relations with an underage child. Sgt. Renee Yax said the sex of the child who Holley thought he was communicating with is not being released at this time.

On Oct. 11, a meeting was set up where Holley allegedly expected to engage in sexual activity with the child. The man traveled to an agreed upon meeting location in Macomb County and was arrested.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said in a prepared statement that this latest arrest is why his office has a computer crimes unit. 

“In order to protect our children, these highly trained investigators continuously monitor the internet as well as social media platforms to find these predators,” he said. 

Holley was arraigned in 41-B District Court on Oct. 12 and was charged with three felony counts of child sexually abusive activity and one felony count of computers/internet/communicating with another to commit crime. Each count of sexually abusive activity carries a maximum penalty of 20 years, and the computer crime carries a maximum penalty of 15 years to life. 

He was given a $50,000 (10 percent) bond, and upon release, is to obtain a home confinement tether. He is not to have direct or indirect contact with any minors and is not to use the internet. Holley is due back in court on Oct. 25 at 1:30 p.m. for a probable cause conference. 

Holley’s Ann Arbor attorney, Joseph Simon, could not be reached for comment at press time.

“As often occurs in cases such as this, this man pursued a career which surrounded him with young people,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said in a press release. “I urge parents to remain vigilant of all those who supervise their children, even longstanding ‘authority’ figures. The predators are out there, and they make it their business to get right next to your kids.”