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Lansing Man Arrested for Distribution and Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material

11/21/2019

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 man from Lansing. Shawn Franklin, 40, was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and arraigned on today, Nov. 21.

The arrest came at the conclusion of an investigation into the online sharing of child sexually abusive material using peer-to-peer networks. The investigation led to a residence in Lansing where the suspect was residing. The MSP executed a search warrant at Franklin’s home and seized multiple internet capable devices and other evidence. After the seized evidence was examined, an arrest warrant was issued for Franklin by the 54A District Court.

Franklin has been charged with one count of aggravated child sexually abusive activity, two counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of using a computer to commit a crime that is punishable by 20 or more years, and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime that is punishable by 10-20 years. After arraignment, Franklin was released on his own recognizance.

If convicted, Franklin faces up to 25 years in prison for the charge of aggravated child sexually abusive activity, up to 10 years for each charge of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, up to 20 years for the charge of using a computer to commit a crime that is punishable by 20 or more years, and up to 10 years for each charge of using a computer to commit a crime that is punishable by 10-20 years.

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. The MSP ICAC Task Force also provides resources at http://www.michiganicac.com.

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