Landlord accused of inappropriately touching applicants

Mug shot of Frank Tjoelker.

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kent County landlord has been charged for allegedly inappropriately touching women who were interested in renting an apartment.

Frank Tjoelker, 43, of Grand Rapids, has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is currently being lodged at the Kent County Jail on an $110,000 bond.

A woman told investigators that she contacted Tjoelker about renting an apartment he owns in Byron Township after finding the listing online, according to a Kent County Sheriff’s Department news release.

When she was filling out the application, she says that he started to rub her shoulders. According to court documents, she said she told him to stop, but he then touched her breast, tried to pull her pants down and pulled toward him by her hair. The victim was able to push Tjoelker away and leave the apartment, authorities said.

In another incident, according to court records, a woman said that she went to look at an apartment and Tjoelker began massaging her back without permission. She said she told him to stop, but he then reached down her shirt and bra and touched her breasts.

Detectives were able to contact more victims who had similar experiences with Tjoelker.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department is asking any additional victims or anyone with information to call 616.632.6140.

Tjoelker’s next court hearing is set for July 8.

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