A former resident physician at the University of Michigan is facing federal child pornography charges after authorities recovered a thumb drive containing pornographic images. The images were allegedly downloaded from the internet and saved on the drive, which was left in a locked residents’ lounge. The drive was recovered more than six months ago and allegedly belonged to Stephen Jensen of Pittsfield Township. Jensen now faces charges of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
The offense of possession of child pornography or child sexual abusive material consists of the possession of any images whether video, digital, or electronic that depict a person under the age of 18 years old that are sexual in nature, except under very strict and limited circumstances. The mere possession of such material is a serious felony.
If you have been charged with possession of child pornography or engaging in child sexual abusive activity, it’s important to consult with a criminal defense attorney right away. Criminal charges involving underage minors demand the most aggressive, dynamic defense from a seasoned Michigan child pornography attorney.
According to reports, the illegal conduct occurred from January 2011 through December 2011, with at least eight people knowing about the alleged crime several months ago. However, police weren’t informed until November, prompting an internal investigation.
If convicted, Jensen faces a minimum of five years in prison for possessing child pornography.
Several questions are raised in this case, including whether sufficient evidence exists to connect Jensen to this crime and how the thumb drive was obtained. The matter is further complicated by the fact that a variety of people had knowledge of the materials but failed to contact anyone or report that such crime had occurred. News reports that it was only after the Penn State scandal came to light that a physician who knew about the child porn came forward.
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