Chesterfield Township resident Gregory Austin was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison after being charged in a federal child pornography case. Austin, who is 33 years old, was a band instructor and classroom teacher in the Fraser School District, according to a news report at CBS Detroit. Investigators allegedly found images of sexually explicit teenage boys on Austin’s phone following a drug-related arrest in March of 2012.
Austin was arrested in an elementary school parking lot where his wife worked as a teacher. According to a news article at Mlive.com, Roseville police arrested the suspect during a transaction in which he was buying Vicodin on the parking lot. On Friday, August 16, the office of U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade stated that it was found Austin was using a fake online persona, posing as a young woman named Julie on Facebook. As Julie, Austin enticed several minor males and former students to send pornographic pictures of themselves.
Austin’s cell phone and computer were said to have contained 133 pornographic images. Twelve of the images found on Austin’s phone were those of underage students who currently attend school in the Fraser School District. The images were of children between the ages of 14 and 17 according to investigators. Police also found images of teenagers engaged in sexual acts on the defendant’s home computer.
Austin stated that he needed help for his addiction, after having a year and a half to think about what he had done.
Michigan child pornography lawyers understand individuals who are charged with this type of criminal offense must have capable legal counsel in order to reach positive results. This is an extremely serious crime which will leave those convicted facing severe punishment, as indicated by the story above. Not only will Austin spend 15 years in prison, his career and reputation have likely been ruined forever.
If you have been accused of a crime which is sexual in nature, take action immediately. Contact an experienced Michigan sex crime attorney who will work diligently to protect you from a conviction, and the resulting criminal penalties.