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East Lansing man in custody on child pornography complaints

Being charged with crimes of a sexual nature can be devastating. When the crimes involve child pornography, the intensity is magnified because of the scorn from the media and the public. However, everyone who is accused of crimes such as these is not automatically guilty; the people involved will want to defend the allegations as strenuously as possible.

This is the situation now faced by a man from East Lansing, Michigan; arrested earlier this month on allegations of possession and distribution of child pornography. His hearing set for this week in federal district court in Grand Rapids. According to a complaint written by an FBI special agent, another agent with the bureau in another part of the country accessed the man's peer-to-peer online file sharing network and found allegedly illegal images.

The scope of the investigation spanned several countries, including New Zealand where an undercover police officer, there, engaged in an online chat with the Michigan man. The man allegedly told the officer that he traveled to Southeast Asia for the purposes of sexually abusing children.

Further adding to the man's potential problems of receiving the benefit of the doubt in the case, he is on the state sex offender registry for convictions a decade ago in Florida for the possession of illegal images. His registry on the list was up-to-date, however.

According to authorities, the man told yet another undercover federal officer in an online chat that he had experienced a "close call" last year when police searched his home. No action was taken by authorities at that time.

If you are facing charges that may result in you registering on the sex offender list, it is imperative to retain an experienced defense attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.

Source: mlive.com, "Court records allege East Lansing man had nearly 1,000 child porn files, sexual preoccupation with children only months old," John Agar, March 20, 2012

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