Midland man arrested for allegedly distributing child pornography online

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MIDLAND (WJRT) (11/30/2018) - A Midland man is accused of using the internet to distribute child pornography.

Ryan Sears, 32, was arrested after an investigation from the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit. He is facing the following charges:

-- One count of distributing child sexually abusive material.
-- One count of possession of child sexually abusive material.
-- Two counts of using a computer to commit a crime.

Investigators learned of Sears' alleged activity online and obtained a search warrant for digital devices in his home. A forensic investigation confirmed what police suspected about Sears distributing child porn.

He was arraigned in Midland County District Court on Thursday.

Police are urging parents to talk with their children about safe habits on the internet. See Related Links on the right side of this story for a list of recommendations from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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