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MSP arrest Midland man on child pornography charges | #childpredator | #onlinepredator | #sextrafficing


A 31-year-old Midland man faces felony charges after police say he was looking at child sexually abusive material online. 

Timothy George Maxwell was arraigned Wednesday, June 7, in the Eastern District of Michigan of the United States District Court on one count of distributing child sexually abusive material and one count of possessing child sexually abusive material, Michigan State Police troopers for the Tri-City Post announced Wednesday.

The investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the MSP Computer Crimes Unit began after authorities “learned that Maxwell was viewing and sharing files of child sexually abusive material on the internet,” MSP wrote in a Wednesday press release. Digital evidence was then seized from his home, and he was arrested.

Authorities did not announce when Maxwell is due back in court.

In light of the crime, the MSP Computer Crimes Unit encouraged parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet.

Many resources are available to parents to assist in keeping children safe online. The MSP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provided resources at Michiganicac.com.

Anyone with information regarding possible child sexual exploitation should report it to the CyberTipLine at missingkids.org/cybertipline.

The CyberTipLine, run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, helps to solve cases in Michigan. 

For instance, Michigan State Police began investigating a Rogers City man after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said he possessed child sexually abusive material. MSP searched his home and found more than 100 images of child sexually abusive material on his internet-capable devices. 

He faced several felonies and was sentenced on Jan. 30, 2023, to a minimum sentence of 3 years and 4 months and a maximum sentence of 10 years, court records showed.

Children of every age, family background, disposition, economic status and sex are targeted by adults who prey on children, according to U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten’s office. But of the one in seven youth who receive sexual solicitations online, the majority are girls: 70%.

“Predators meet children on social media, chat rooms and internet-based video games, among other places,” Totten’s office wrote. “All of these activities present opportunities for predators to gain children’s trust and groom them for engaging in sexual conduct. Predators sometimes use a false identity, posing as other children or using a fake name to develop a friendship with a child. The predator may even establish social media accounts under that false identity to provide an additional sense of legitimacy to that identity. By the time the predator encourages the child to engage in sexual conduct or to send a sexually explicit image or video, the child may have developed a certain level of trust in the offender that makes the child less likely to report the activity and more likely to keep the activity a secret at the request of the offender.”

“Parents should monitor children’s online activity closely,” Totten’s office continued. “Although children feel that their online life is private, they need to know it is anything but.”



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