Iron Mountain Man Arrested for
Aggravated Child Sexually Abusive Material

2021/05/12

IRON MOUNTAIN, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is announcing the arrest of Matthew John Ance, 37 of Iron Mountain, for possession of child sexually abusive materials and using a computer to commit a crime.

Ance was arrested following an investigation which stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Cyber tip.

As a result of the investigation, a search of a Dickinson County residence was conducted and multiple internet capable devices and evidence were seized. Ance was charged with six counts of child sexually abusive material-aggravated possession and six counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Ance was arraigned in 95B District Court on Friday, May 7.

If convicted, Ance faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material and 20 years in prison for each count 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.