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Burton foster parent charged in child pornography case

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(04/15/13) - A Burton foster father has been charged with six counts of possessing child sexually abusive material.  A court official confirms the sixth charge. Online records show five.

Michael Bradley, 57, was arrested Thursday, formally charged in court Saturday and is now free on bond.

Burton Police say two children have been removed from his home. They do not believe those kids are victims.

Lutheran Social Services of Michigan confirms Bradley has been working with its Flint location since February of 2008. 

Director of Communications Amanda Holdsworth says Bradley passed intense background checks, yearly reviews, completed training and had great recommendations. He is licensed through the State of Michigan. Holdsworth said she could not comment on how many children he's fostered throughout the years.

Burton Police Detective Shawn Duncanson said someone came into the police department Thursday to report something disturbing.

"(That person) saw some materials at this person's house and was concerned," Duncanson said.

Police executed a search warrant at Bradley's Burton home that same day.  Bradley was arrested, but not in Genesee County.  We believe he works in the Lansing area and may have been arrested there.

The children removed from his home are under the age of 10, according to Holdsworth.

Police are now in the process of going through mountains of evidence.  Multiple computers and storage devices were taken from his home, according to Duncanson.

"We will take that evidence down to the prosecutor's office where they'll review it and I'm pretty confident more charges will come out of it," said Duncanson.

Holdsworth said there is an investigation underway at LSSM as well. Children are not being placed in his home.

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