Freeland Resident Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Activity/Material

2022/05/16

FREELAND, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of Benjamin Michael Clore, 43 of Freeland, for child sexually abusive activity, possession of child sexually abusive material, and using a computer/internet to commit a criminal offense.

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

Following the search warrant to his residence, Clore was charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of possession of child sexually abusive material, and one count of using a computer to commit a criminal offense. Clore was arraigned in 70th District Court on Thursday, May 5.

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.