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Milan Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Material

01/28/2020

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 Milan in Monroe County. Brian Scott Richards, 30, was arrested on Jan. 24, and arraigned on Jan. 25.

The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tip. Further investigation led to locating a residence in Monroe County where the suspect was living. A search warrant of the home netted multiple internet capable devices and evidence. An arrest warrant was issued for Richards and he was subsequently arrested at his residence and lodged in the Monroe County Jail.

Richards has been charged with three counts of manufacturing of child sexually abusive material, three counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, and six counts of computer crimes-use of computer.

If convicted, Richards faces up to 75 years in prison for manufacturing of child sexually abusive material, 30 years for aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, and 120 years for computer crimes-use of computer for child sexually abusive material.

The MSP CCU 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, please report it to the Cyber Tip Line at http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.