TRENTON, MI – U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announced today that a grand jury sitting in Toledo has returned a one-count indictment charging Chandos Bemus, age 30, of Trenton, Michigan, with traveling with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
According to court documents, the defendant allegedly began an online conversation with an undercover operative of the FBI’s Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force in Toledo. The defendant reportedly believed this person to be an underage, 14-year-old minor and did knowingly solicit the operative to engage in sexual conduct.
According to the criminal complaint, on October 1st, 2020, the defendant agreed to meet the undercover operative at a hotel in Toledo, Ohio. The defendant allegedly traveled to the operative’s hotel from Monroe, Michigan, with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Upon arrival, the defendant was arrested.