On Monday August 26, 50-year-old Michael John Larson was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for child pornography distribution. Larson, who is a registered sex offender previously convicted on sex-related charges involving a child, allegedly distributed child pornography on the Internet.
In April of this year, Larson pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography; federal court records indicate that a second count of possessing child porn was dismissed by the U.S. Attorney’s office in exchange for Larson’s guilty plea. Following a federal investigation involving child pornography occurring via peer-to-peer Internet file sharing, Larson was arrested in October of last year. On Monday, District Judge Robert Holmes Bell sentenced Larson to 15 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release.
Authorities found sexual images of children on Larson’s home computer after executing a search warrant; this followed the discovery of sexual images of prepubescent girls by a Grand Rapids based Homeland Security Investigations agent on a computer linked to the defendant. After pleading guilty to child pornography distribution in April, Larson has been lodged in the Newaygo County Jail. He is scheduled to be assigned to a federal penitentiary now that he has been sentenced.
In 1996, Larson was convicted on a charge of second-degree CSC with a person younger than 13; he served time in state prison from 1996 until his discharge in September of 2003.
All Michigan child pornography lawyers know how serious these types of accusations are, and the consequences for those who are convicted of what many feel are the most ‘heinous’ sexual crimes that can be committed. When a sex crime allegedly involves young children, the punishment is extremely harsh. At the same time, it is often the case that individuals are falsely accused as children may be coerced by adults who have an “ax to grind” into saying things that simply are not true.
If you or a loved one have been accused of any sex-related crime, contact a seasoned Michigan sex crime attorney immediately. It is urgent you take action to protect your legal rights, freedom, and future.