The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of 30-year-old Thomas Lawrence Martin of Sault Ste. Marie, for aggravated possession of child sexually abusive materials.
Martin was arrested following an investigation stemming from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Cyber Tip. A search of his home resulted in multiple internet capable devices and evidence. The MSP ICAC Task Force was assisted by the Sault Ste Marie Post.
Martin was charged with two counts of child sexually abusive material – aggravated possession. Martin was arraigned and issued a cash or surety bond of $500,000 in 91st District Court on Monday, Feb. 7. This investigation is still ongoing, and it is anticipated there will be additional charges. If convicted, Martin faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material.
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 and Exploited Children provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at http://www.missingkids.org. The MSP ICAC Task Force also provides resources at http://www.michiganicac.com.
Press release was submitted by D/Tpr/Spl. Collin Hinman, MSP Computer Crimes Unit Michigan State Police