Emmet Co. Inmate Accused of Having Inappropriate Relationship With A Minor

An Emmet County inmate is now facing 20 felony charges.

It all started as an investigation into him stealing someone else’s PIN number.

The sheriff’s office says the investigation at the jail in Petoskey found the man having an inappropriate relationship with a minor from another state.

The sheriff’s office says an online dating relationship with Walter Schmidt and the minor started sometime around January in 2014 and lasted till this month.

Schmidt is now charged with 10 counts of using a computer to a crime.

He’s also facing several other charges ranging from accosting children and distributing sexually explicit matters to children.

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