UPDATED 1/9 12:20 PM:
64-year-old Patrick Pastula was arraigned yesterday on three counts of aggravated child sexually abusive activity (distributing or promoting), and one count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material.
The raid and arrest come as part of a Michigan State Police investigation into the sharing of child pornography on peer-to-peer networks. An M.S.P. press release says that multiple devices were seized from Pastula’s home.
At his arraignment hearing, Pastula was issued bond of $130,000 dollars.
Each of the three distribution charges carries 25 years in prison, while the possession charge carries 10 years.
The MSP Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet. There are many resources available to parents to assist in keeping children safe online. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at http://www.missingkids.org. The MSP ICAC Task Force also provides resources at https://www.michiganicac.com/.
If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipline at http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.