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Lansing Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Material

06/05/2019

LANSING, MICH. An investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a Lansing man. George Burns, 33, was arrested in Lansing and arraigned in the 54a District Court on 06/05/19.

The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) cyber tip. Further investigation led to locating Burns at a shelter in Lansing. A search of his person and immediate area resulted in seizing multiple internet capable devices. Burns was arrested on unrelated charges in October of 2018. Since being incarcerated he has been charged in Clinton County for additional crimes stemming from this investigation.

Burns has been charged with four counts of child sexually abusive activity and four counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Burns was arraigned on these counts on June 5th, 2019 and issued a cash or surety bond of $150,000.

If convicted, Burns faces up to twenty years in prison for child sexually abusive activity and four to twenty years in prison for the counts of using of 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 NCMEC 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.