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

2020/12/04

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. Arthur Leclear, 59, was arrested on Nov. 30, and arraigned on Dec. 1.

The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tip. Further investigation led to locating a residence in the City of Lansing. A search warrant of the home netted Internet capable devices and evidence.

Leclear has been charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, four counts of using a computer to commit a crime and three counts of child sexually abusive material aggravated possession.

If convicted, Leclear faces up to 20 years in prison for child sexually abusive material, 10 years for each count of using a computer to commit a crime and 10 years for each count of possession of child sexually abusive material aggravated possession.

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.

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