Akron Resident Arrested for Aggravated Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material

2022/06/13

AKRON, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of Andrew Robert Ralston, 64 of Akron, for aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

Ralston was arrested following an investigation in which digital evidence was seized from his home. The investigation was initiated when it was learned that Ralston was viewing files of child sexually abusive material on the internet.

Ralston was charged with 25 counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material and 25 counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Ralston was arraigned in 71B District Court on Wednesday, June 8.

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.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipLine at http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.