Two Harbor Springs residents were arrested over the weekend on charges relating to child pornography.
The first arrest was the result of an investigation beginning in June, based on information received from Google. Following that investigation, a search warrant was executed just three months later at the Harbor Springs residence.
There, computers and other items capable of storing child pornography were seized and analyzed by the MSP Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The task force did find the twenty-nine–year-old man in possession of child sexually abusive material, which led to his arrest on a seven–count felony warrant involving the possession and distribution of child sexually abusive material.
The suspect was arrested and lodged at Emmet County Jail, where he awaits his arraignment. If convicted, the suspect could face up to 14 years in prison.
The second arrest was that of a 45–year–old man. Much like the arrest of the first suspect, this arrest was the result of an investigation initiated in January, based on information received from Twitter. After the original investigation, a search warrant followed in August at the suspect’s Boyne City residence where computers and the like were seized.
After careful analysis, the task force did find child sexually abusive material, and arrested the suspect on a six–count arrest warrant. The suspect has posted bail of $50,000 and is currently awaiting his arraignment for a sentencing that could include up to 11 years in prison.