COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - 43-year old Joseph Wilkinson of Bronson remains in the Branch County jail today after being arraigned Monday in District Court following his arrest this past weekend on a soliciting a child for immoral purposes charge. In addition to the four year felony, Wilkinson was also charged with disturbing the peace. Judge Brent Weigle set bond at $20,000 with a preliminary exam scheduled for October 14th.
Bronson Police say a 15-year old called 9-1-1 and said he was playing basketball around 8 o’clock Saturday evening at Douglas Park when Wilkinson approached him and made multiple solicitations for sexual acts. When police arrived at the scene, they found out that the teen fled the park but the suspect continued to follow and made additional advances. Police say the man was then taken into custody. No injuries were reported.