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Police: Nude cell phone image leads to West Branch man’s child porn arrest

Police say they pulled over the 55-year-old for running a red light and saw the nude image in plain view
 Michigan State Police cruisers parked outside the post.
Michigan State Police cruisers parked outside the post. (WJRT)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 5:35 PM EDT
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WEST BRANCH, Mich. (WJRT) - Police say a traffic stop for running a red light in front of a Michigan State Police post led to a child pornography arrest.

Troopers from the West Branch post pulled over 55-year-old William Michael Hock on April 28 for running a red light. During the traffic stop, they noticed a nude image in plain view on his cell phone affixed to the dash.

Police say Hock swiped the image when troopers questioned him about it, which exposed an image of child sexually abusive material. Hock was arrested at the scene and police obtained search warrants for his phone and other electronic devices.

Hock was arraigned last week in an Ogemaw County courtroom on the following charges:

  • Three counts for possession of child sexually abusive material.
  • Eight counts of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material.
  • Eight counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet.

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