South Haven sex offender arrested for ties to missing 14-year-old he met online
VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. - A South Haven man is facing several charges after he allegedly drove from Michiana to Washington state to pick up a 14-year-old girl he met online and bring her back to his home.
The suspect, 30-year-old Keith Freerksen, is a registered sex offender. He was arrested after authorities found the missing girl at his house on Blue Highway.
Freerksen allegedly started a social media relationship with the Mount Vernon girl several months ago. After gaining the victim’s trust, Freerksen was able to bring her back to South Haven.
The girl was reported missing on January 6.
While the victim’s mother is grateful to have her daughter back, she knows not everyone returns home safely.
“How many more families have to suffer the way mine has? The lack of accountability not only puts my child at risk for online predation but leaves all children at the mercy of those who seek them out online.”
Freerksen will face charges in both Michigan and Washington. He’s been denied bond and is expected back in court on February 14.