Lapeer County Resident Arrested for Distribution of Child Sexually Abusive Material


NORTH BRANCH, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force are announcing the arrest of Wayne Russell Gilbert, 58 years old, of North Branch, for the distribution of child sexually abusive material.

Gilbert was arrested following an investigation, in which digital evidence was seized from his home. The investigation was initiated when it was learned that Gilbert was sharing child sexually abusive material on the internet.

Following a forensic examination of the digital evidence, Gilbert was charged with ten counts of distributing child sexually abusive material, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Gilbert was arraigned in the 71A District Court, in Lapeer County, on July 18, 2019.

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

If you have information regarding possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipLine at