GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A U.S. Marine from West Michigan is accused of having sex with a teenage girl and later receiving nude photos of her.
Chad Kelch, 19, of Caledonia, faces a charge of accosting a minor for immoral purposes. He waived a preliminary hearing in the case on Monday.
The charge is punishable by up to four years in prison and placement on the state sex offender registry.
Authorities say Kelch had sex with a 14-year-old girl in June. She told authorities that he thought she was 18 at the time because she lied to him. She said she admitted her actual age after they had sex.
When Kelch joined the Marines, they broke off contact.
But recently, authorities said, they reconnected via Facebook and he asked her to send him nude photos of herself. Authorities say three nude photos of the girl were found on his phone. According to court records, Kelch admitted he knew she was underage.
Records show the two also talked on Facebook about having sex.