Michigan man who sent nude photos to minor arrested following his own FATHER'S tip
A Michigan man was detained after his own father turned him in for sending nudes to an underage person, the Michigan State Police said. Michael Raymond-Ulrich Simmons, 30, was arrested on Wednesday, February 2 after Michigan State Police investigated the complaint his father lodged two years ago in October 2020.
The agency’s Computer Crimes Unit held a lengthy investigation which included several interviews and multiple search warrants to analyze electronic devices. The investigation eventually led to the prosecuting attorney approving a three-count felony permit. Michael has been detained in Missaukee County Jail and was charged with intentional distribution of sexually explicit material, approaching a child for immoral purposes, and committing a crime using the computer.
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The next hearing for the case is scheduled for Thursday, March 17. Michael surrendered on Wednesday, March 2, and was jailed in Missaukee County Jail before being released on a personal recognizance bond.
Michigan Police claimed that Michael's own father tipped them as he suspected his son of sending inappropriate photos of himself to the minor.
A long investigation into his web history led the prosecuting attorney to authorize a warrant for Michael's arrest. He can face up to nine years in prison if convicted.
The age and gender of the victim have not been revealed. As per Michigan law, the age to consent to a sexual act is 16 years.
There are no further details available regarding the circumstances that led the father to report his son to the police.
The state of Michigan charges four years in prison for accosting an underage individual for immoral purposes and imposes a maximum fine of $4,000. The intentional dissemination of sexually explicit content can fetch a maximum one-year sentence and using a computer for the offense could get the offender a maximum of four years as punishment. If proven guilty, Michael will also be convicted of a sexual offense.