Schoolcraft Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Activity

2020/09/29

SCHOOLCRAFT, 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 Schoolcraft. Ryan Ahern, 29, was arrested and arraigned on Sept. 24, 2020.

The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tip. The tip contained a large amount of child sexually abusive material, suspected manufactured child sexually abusive material, and evidence of criminal sexual conduct. Further investigation led to locating a residence in Schoolcraft where the suspect was residing. An interview and search of the suspect’s residence was conducted. The interview confirmed that the NCMEC tip was going to be attributed to Ahern. An arrest warrant was issued.

Ahern has been charged with criminal sexual conduct first degree (person under 13), child sexually abusive activity, aggravated child sexually abusive material possession, child sexually abusive activity - distributing or promoting, and use of a computer to commit a crime. Ahern was arraigned on all counts on Sept. 24.

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.

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