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Grand Jury indicts Michigan man who traveled to Washington State to sexually abuse 14-year-old

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Victim was recovered in Michigan following local and federal investigation

Seattle – A federal grand jury in Seattle indicted a 30-year-old South Haven, Michigan, man for traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor, announced U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Keith Daniel Freerksen was arrested in South Haven Township on January 31, 2024, following an investigation that stretched from western Washington to Michigan.

According to records filed in the case, the 14-year-old went missing on January 5, 2024. A local police detective requested help from the FBI. An agent who specializes in Violent Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking investigations occurring in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, and San Juan counties quickly assisted. By analyzing information on Uber rides that had been purchased for the victim by an unknown person, law enforcement was able to identify Freerksen, a registered sex offender in Michigan, as a potential suspect. Using information on Freerksen’s registered vehicle, they were able to trace his movement across the northern tier of states using license plate readers. The readers also captured Freerksen’s return trip through Idaho and Illinois in the days after the teen went missing.

When the police in South Haven Township served a search warrant at the request of the FBI, they recovered the victim and arrested Freerksen. He was ultimately transported to Western Washington and is being detained at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac.

Traveling with intent to engage in a sexual act is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office, local police, and the FBI.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cecelia Gregson.


Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or

Updated May 15, 2024

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