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Kent landlord charged with inappropriately touching potential tenants

Courtesy photo, KCSD

A Kent County landlord has been charged with inappropriately touching women touring apartments as possible tenants.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department says 43-year-old Frank Tjoelker faces two charges of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree.

An investigation was opened after a female reported the Grand Rapids man to police earlier this month. It allegedly occurred at a meeting to fill out a rental application for an apartment in Byron Township.

Police say they were able to identify other women who reported similar experiences.

Tjoelker is currently in the Kent County Jail on a $110,000 bond.

The department asks anyone with information to contact KCSD Detective Hinds at 616-632-6140.

Hilary is a General Assignment and Enterprise reporter for WGVU Public Media. She joined WGVU in September 2014 after several years of experience as a local news reporter, anchor and photojournalist in Midland, Saginaw and Bay counties. She's also worked as a financial and business reporter and audio field producer.
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