On Monday July 1, a complaint was signed by a federal magistrate charging 71-year-old William Shaffer with one count each of possessing and purchasing child pornography. Shaffer is a former employee of Child Protective Services; according to a news article at Mlive.com, Shaffer has purchased almost $7,000 in child pornography between June of 2006 and February of 2011.
The federal complaint indicates that Shaffer bought 222 DVDs during the time period. Shaffer’s purchases came to light when an international company that had been the subject of many complaints involving child pornography came under investigation by the federal United States Postal Inspection Service agents. The complaint reveals that DVDs and streaming web content featuring underage naked boys are produced by the company, which was unnamed in news articles. During a search, authorities found Shaffer’s name listed among clientele.
At Shaffer’s home, investigators uncovered 61 DVDs and sexually explicit stories regarding the molestation of young boys under Shaffer’s kitchen table. The DVDs revealed the young boys in erotic situations, however they did not contain sex acts. An investigator noted in the affidavit accompanying the charges against Shaffer that the defendant said the company stated that the videos he ordered were not illegal, although they did contain images of nude boys.
It was also discovered by agents in the course of the investigation that while employed by Child Protective Services, Shaffer had been accused of molesting a boy between 8 and 9 years old. This information was found in a 1987 City of Westland police report.
The news article did state that Shaffer is not listed as a registered sex offender.
Michigan child pornography lawyers know that if an individual is convicted of possessing child pornography and knows that the child or children in the material is younger than 18, he/she could face up to 4 years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.
If you have been charged with any sexual criminal offense it is critical to obtain the support and guidance of a skilled and capable Michigan sex crimes attorney who will work vigorously to protect your reputation and freedom.