West Branch Resident Arrested for Possession and Distribution of Child Sexually Abusive Material and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime


WEST BRANCH, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is announcing the arrest of Samuel David Neva, 24 of West Branch, for possession and distribution of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.

Neva turned himself in following an investigation in which digital evidence was seized from his home. The investigation was initiated when it was learned that Neva was viewing child sexually abusive materials on the internet.

Following forensic examinations of the digital evidence, Neva was charged with six counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, four counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material, five counts of distributing child sexually abusive material, and four counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Neva was arraigned in 82nd District Court on Thursday, September 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.