East Lansing Man Arrested for Aggravated Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material

2021/02/03

MASON, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is announcing the arrest of William Paul Bergdolt, 21 of East Lansing, for aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material.

Bergdolt was arrested following an investigation with the Ingham County Probation Department. The investigation led to a routine search of the apartment he was residing in which resulted in evidence of child sexually abusive material. Bergdolt was on probation for an unrelated matter.

Bergdolt was charged with three counts of aggravated child sexually abusive activity and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Bergdolt was arraigned in the 55th District Court on Tuesday, February 2. He was issued a $15,000 cash surety bond.

If convicted, Bergdolt faces up 20 years in prison for the charge of aggravated child sexually abusive activity and 10-20 years for each charge of using a computer to commit a crime.

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.