GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 16-year-old girl who was found driven across the Mackinac Bridge told deputies she met a suspect in a Grand Rapids park and he “pimped” her out, court documents say.

Terrence Clay was arraigned Wednesday on charges of child sexual abuse, two counts of using computers to commit crimes, human trafficking and two counts of possession of child sexual abuse material. He is expected to be arraigned this afternoon.

In a probable cause document filed Oct. 21, the Kent County Sheriff’s Office’s Human Trafficking Task Force said the 16-year-old ran away from the Wedgwood Christian Services group home in Kentwood. She told deputies she first met Clay at a park in Grand Rapids. She told him she was 18 and they left the park to have “sexual contact,” court documents state.

The couple later met again at the same park and the suspect took the teenager to a hotel where he gave her food, clothes and a place to stay for several weeks. The victim identified Clay and his car to detectives and told them he was her “pimp.”

The day before she was found, the victim said Clay told her she had to make him $200 a day and threatened her if she didn’t bring the money. He gave her a cell phone so he could track her location.

Photo by Terrence Clay of the Kent County Correctional Facility on Nov. 22, 2022.

Deputies seized two cellphones from the victim and found images of her, text messages between her and Clay about charging johns, and social media ads selling sex using the victim’s photo.

On October 31, the case was handed over to the investigator, who established the identity of the suspect and began tracking him down. On November 12, the detective tracked down the suspect when he went to the victim’s home, where he picked her up. The teenager was reported missing that day and later placed while Clay traveled across the Mackinac Bridge with her in the back seat covered with a blanket. Clay was arrested.

His bond was set at $300,000 in court Wednesday. His parole was set to keep him in jail, but he could be released if it is revoked and he posts bail. If released, he must stay away from children, appear in court, have no contact with the victim or use any computer equipment.

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