Wayne County Woman Suspected in Multiple Investigations Involving Child Sexually Abusive Material

2020/09/17

LIVONIA, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit (CCU), Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, is announcing the arrest and arraignment of Chelsea Nicole Dunbar, 32 of Romulus, for multiple counts of production, distribution, and aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, and criminal sexual conduct 1st degree.

The investigation began in June when law enforcement became aware of Dunbar possessing files of child pornography. Further investigation revealed a child victim in the case. A search warrant was executed in the City of Romulus where Dunbar was taken into custody and the child victim was accounted for.

Dunbar was arraigned on June 8 at the 34th District Court on one count of criminal sexual conduct 1st degree, one count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of using computers to commit a crime, one count of aggravated distributing or promoting child sexually abusive material, one count of distributing child sexually abusive material, one count of using computers to communicate with another to commit a crime, and one count of aggravated child sexually abusive activity.

During the investigation, task force members became aware that the Detroit Police Department (DPD) was investigating another internet account used by Dunbar for child sexually abusive material and criminal sexual conduct activity. The MSP assisted DPD in their investigation and execution of a search warrant in Southfield at a residence identified in the DPD reports.

While on bond for the first series of charges, Dunbar was arrested a second time and arraigned at the 16th District Court on one count of criminal sexual conduct 1st degree, four counts of using computers to commit a crime, two counts of aggravated child sexually abusive activity, one count of aggravated distributing or promoting child sexually abusive material, one count of using computers to communicate with another to commit a crime, and one count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material. Dunbar remains in custody.

While investigating National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) cyber tips, additional cases reporting Dunbar’s accounts were flagged again for images of interest. These tips had reported files in which a third location in Westland was located. The MSP continues to investigate.

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.

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