Gladwin Resident Arrested for Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime

2021/08/13

GLADWIN, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of Austin Lucas Bennett, 25 of Gladwin, for possession of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

The investigation was initiated when it was learned that Bennett accessed files of child sexually abusive material on the Internet. After Bennett’s electronic devices were seized and searched, the 80th District Court issued an arrest warrant for Bennett and he subsequently surrendered to the court.

Bennett was charged with one count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of possession of child sexually abusive material, and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Bennett was arraigned in 80th District Court on Thursday, August 12.

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.