Richland Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Activity
RICHLAND, 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 Richland. Anthony Hotchkiss, 35, was arrested and arraigned on Aug. 24, 2020.
The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tip. The tip contained images of child sexually abusive material. Further investigation led to locating a residence in Richland where the suspect was residing. An interview and search warrant of the suspect’s residence was conducted. The interview confirmed that the child sexually abusive material was going to be attributed to Hotchkiss. An arrest warrant was issued for Hotchkiss.
Hotchkiss has been charged with possession of child sexually abusive material and use of a computer to commit a crime.
The MSP Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to speak to their children and family members about the safe use of the internet. There are many resources available to assist in keeping children safe online. The NCMEC provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website 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.