Branch County Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Material

2021/01/20

Coldwater, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of Christopher Jackson Fowler, 44 of Coldwater, for possession of child sexually abusive material and computer crimes – use of a computer.

The investigation was initiated by the Fifth District Computer Crimes Unit when a suspect was found to be downloading a large amount of child sexually abusive material (CSAM). A search warrant was conducted at Fowler’s residence and digital evidence was seized. Troopers from the MSP Marshall Post, Coldwater Detachment and officers from the Coldwater Police Department assisted with the search warrant.

An arrest warrant was issued for Fowler and he was subsequently arrested on January 14, 2021. He has been charged with possession of CSAM and using a computer to commit a Felony.

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.

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