Oakland County Resident Arrested for Aggravated Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material


ROYAL OAK, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit (CCU), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest and arraignment of Benjamin Thomas Edgar, 39 of Royal Oak, for the possession of child sexually abusive material.

The investigation began earlier last month, when the task force became aware of Edgar possessing and sharing child sexually abusive material online. Further investigation and the execution of a search warrant at his home led to several items being seized as evidence. Forensic examination of those items revealed thousands of files containing images and videos of child pornography.

Edgar was arraigned today, Friday, Nov. 1, at the 44th District Court in Royal Oak on three felony counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material and three counts of felony using a computer to commit a crime. He is being held in the Oakland County Jail on a $250,000 cash bond. If Edgar is able to post bond, he must wear a GPS tether upon release.

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 & Exploited Children (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.