On Friday April 25, a 22-year-old Lowell area man was arrested and jailed in the Kent County Jail on charges related to child pornography, according to news reports at Fox 17 and Mlive.com. Travis Stiehl, who once lived at a residence in Lowell with his mother in which a child day care was operated, was arrested by Homeland Security Investigations special agents and state police.
Stiehl was charged with two counts of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of child sexually abusive activity, according to reports. He was arrested at an Auto Zone where he was employed full time. Stiehl allegedly made three videos which included prepubescent, unclothed boys. In Michigan, individuals found guilty of manufacturing child pornography face a maximum of 20 years in prison.
Authorities found child pornography on the computer which was located inside the Lowell home that Stiehl and his mother shared. While his mother ran a licensed day care, the license was revoked after authorities discovered what was going on inside the home, although Stiehl’s mother claimed to have had no idea of the activity her son was engaging in.
Stiehl has been arraigned on the charges and is expected back in court on May 9.
Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand the harsh consequences individuals face when found guilty of an offense such as child pornography. Today, individuals are sometimes accused of sex crimes when pornographic materials are found on a computer, which can be related to viruses or malware, “pop up” advertising which the user has no control over. Regardless, accusations of any type of sex offense not only leaves an individual potentially facing steep fines and years (or even life) in prison, they often face a lifetime of difficulty in regards to a career or relationships because of a ruined reputation and/or criminal record.
If you have been accused of child sexually abusive activity, child molesting, or any similar offense, contact a highly skilled Michigan sex crime defense lawyer immediately. It is vital you take quick action to protect your reputation and freedom.