Mason man charged after investigation by MSP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

MASON, Michigan (WILX) – One man has been charged with possession of child sexually abusive material after a tip sent police to a home in Mason.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has announced that their most recent investigation has led to the arrest of a man from Mason.

Todd Fredericks, 53, was arrested on June 15 by members of the First District Fugitive Team. MSP officials told News 10 in an email that the investigation began with a tip of a line intended to protect children.

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“This arrest came as a result of an investigation into a cyber tip reported to Michigan State Police by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,” MSP said.

The investigation led police to the home in Mason where Fredericks lived. A search warrant was used to confiscate evidence, including various electronic devices. After the evidence was examined, an arrest warrant was issued for Fredericks by the 55th District Court in Ingham County.

Fredericks has been charged with two counts of Child Sexual Abuse – Aggravated Possession and two beats of Using a computer to commit a crime† He was arraigned on June 16 and issued a $75,000 cash or bail.

Aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. Using a computer to commit a crime There is a penalty of 10-20 years with a felony punishable by 10 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

“The Michigan State Police’s Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to talk to their children and relatives about safe Internet use,” MSP officials said. “There are many resources available to keep people safe online.”

The MSP ICAC Task Force provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website. If you have information about possible sexual exploitation of children, please report it to the CyberTipline.

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