Marquette man accused of online relationship with teenage girl headed to trial

A 24-year-old Marquette man accused of starting an online relationship with a 14-year-old girl is heading to trial.

Aaron Max Wesolek appeared in Marquette County Circuit Court Tuesday morning for a scheduling conference, where the decision to bring the case in front of a jury was made. Wesolek stood mute at his arraignment last week, which means he has not made a plea in either direction.

He is charged with one felony count of “human trafficking – recruiting a minor for child sexually abusive activity,” one felony count of “criminal sexual conduct in the third degree,” one felony count of “using computers to commit a crime,” and one felony count of “accosting children for immoral purposes.”

Marquette City Police apprehended Wesolek in early May at his apartment, where the alleged incident took place. Police say he had the victim transported to his Marquette home on April 21st after initially meeting her online some time before that.

If convicted on all charges, Wesolek could face up to a minimum of 20 years in jail.

His next court appearance is scheduled for August 28th. The trial is slated to begin October 8th.