Kentwood Man Charged with Producing, Distributing Child Pornography via Skype

internet-dangerEarlier this month, a Kentwood man was arrested for allegedly producing child pornography and using Skype to distribute it on the Internet, according to a news article at Mlive.com.  28-year-old Clint Andrews Williamson is accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old relative.  Williamson has been charged with one count of distributing child pornography over the Internet, and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor for producing child pornography.

FBI began investigating Williamson, who they believed was using a website dedicated to child pornography sharing.  The website allegedly is not accessible via Google, and can be used only by individuals who know the specific address.  Timothy Simon, FBI special agent, said that Maryland police are investigating the website, which includes forums with members who talk about how to avoid trouble in the CP world, violent sexual assaults of young children, and even killing children.  Simon said that the primary purpose of the website’s bulletin board is for users to advertise and distribute child porn.

Investigators found that the website had nearly 7,800 members after seizing the computer where the site was hosted in August.  After an extensive investigation, Williamson was identified as a member going by the user name of “thefristcatsiam.”  Simon wrote that last year, Williamson posted images of a naked man and young girl on the website.  Prior to Christmas 2013, Williamson’s Kentwood home was searched by police.  In journals he kept after his home was raided, Williamson described himself as a “monster.”

Charges of possessing, producing, or distributing child pornography are extremely serious in the state of Michigan.  Individuals who are found guilty of persuading or coercing a child younger than 18 to participate in the production of materials that are sexually explicit will face criminal penalties which include fines of up to $100,000 and up to 20 years in prison.  Creation or distribution of child pornography or child abusive material is a Tier 2 offense under the sex offender registration act.  This means the offender will be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. Registered sex offenders face a tremendous amount of stigma, and have problems securing employment, housing, and more because of their status.

If you have been accused of any type of sex crime, it is important to seek capable legal counsel in an effort to protect your freedom and reputation, and to avoid criminal penalties when possible.  Contact a highly qualified and aggressive Michigan sex crime defense attorney immediately, whether you are under investigation or have already been charged.