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Marquette Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Material and Sodomy

10/23/2019

MARQUETTE, 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 Marquette. Stephen Andrew Waligore, 41, was arrested and arraigned on Monday, Oct. 21.

The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) Cyber Tip. Further investigation led to locating a residence in Marquette County where the suspect was residing. A search warrant of the home netted multiple internet capable devices and evidence.

Waligore has been charged with seven felony counts of child sexually abusive activity, seven felony counts of using a computer to commit a crime and two felony counts of sodomy. Waligore was arraigned on all 16 counts on Oct. 21 and issued a cash or surety bond of $25,000.00 for each charge, totaling $400,000.

If convicted, Waligore faces up to 25 years in prison for child sexually abusive activity, 20 years to life for using a computer to commit a crime and 15 years in prison for sodomy.

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 https://www.michiganicac.com/.

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