Another ‘Anxiety War’ suspect pleads guilty

Jacob Cassiday among 7 charged after vigilante Zach Sweers recorded videos

Jacob Cassiday's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.
Jacob Cassiday's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Another of the men who was confronted on camera by a West Michigan vigilante seeking out sexual predators has entered into a plea deal.

Jacob Cassiday was scheduled to stand trial starting Monday, but instead pleaded guilty to attempted accosting a minor for immoral purposes. Under the terms of a plea agreement, Kent County prosecutors agreed not to bring additional charges aginst Cassiday.

He is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 8.

Cassiday was among several men featured in videos posted to Zach Sweers’ YouTube Channel, “Anxiety War.” While pretending to be a teenage girl online, Sweers had arranged meetings with the men, allegedly for sex. When they showed up, he confronted them, camera rolling. He turned the videos, as well as records of online conversations, over to Grand Rapids police. That led to criminal charges against seven of the men.

Sweers was subsequently sued by two of the men in the videos, but those lawsuits have been settled.

Authorities have told Sweers to stop trying to catch predators because it is dangerous and said they won’t prosecute any more cases based on information he gives them.

All of the video confrontations have been removed from Sweers’ YouTube channel.

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