Melvindale Resident Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Activity, Accosting a Minor for Immoral Purposes and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime

2021/11/18

BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of Derrick Todd Paluchniak, 26 of Melvindale, for child sexually abusive activity, accosting a minor for immoral purposes and using a computer to commit a crime.

The investigation was initiated when Paluchniak began communicating on the internet with an undercover detective posing as a child. Paluchniak traveled from the Metro Detroit area to Bridgeport Township to meet the “child” to engage in sexual acts.

Paluchniak was charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes, and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Paluchniak was arraigned in 70th District Court on Thursday, November 18th.

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.