Springfield Man Arrested for Child Sexually Abusive Activity

2020/2/27

SPRINGFIELD, 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 Springfield. Donald Couch, 41, was arrested and arraigned on Feb. 2.

The investigation stemmed from a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tip, which included images of child sexually abusive material. Further investigation led to locating a residence in Springfield where the suspect was residing. Following an interview of Couch and search warrant of the suspect’s home, an arrest warrant was issued for him.

Couch has been charged with child sexually abusive activity, use of a computer to commit a crime, possession of child sexually abusive material, and distribution of child sexually abusive material. Couch was arraigned on Feb. 3.

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.

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