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Lansing Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Material

05/10/2019

LANSING, MICH. An investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a man from Lansing. Michael Odell, 58, was arrested in Florida on April 4th, 2019.

The investigation started when troopers learned Odell was sharing child sexually abusive materials on the internet. Further investigation led to locating a residence in the city of Lansing Michigan where the suspect was residing. A search of the home netted multiple internet capable devices and evidence. An arrest warrant was issued for Odell and he was then arrested while in Florida.

Odell has been charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, and three counts of possessing child sexually abusive material. Odell was arraigned on all counts on May 8th, 2019.

If convicted, Odell faces up to twenty years in prison for child sexually abusive activity, four years for each count of possessing child sexually abusive material and four years 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.

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipline at http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.