Lathrup Village sex offender sentenced to prison

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 12, 2017



SOUTHFIELD — A local convicted sex offender was recently sentenced to 35 years in prison in the second case against him.

According to documents from U.S. District Court, Mitchell Stankiewicz, 22, of Lathrup Village, pleaded guilty March 1 to producing and receiving child pornography, sending obscene material to a minor, and online coercion and enticement of a minor.

Stankiewicz was sentenced June 28 at the U.S. District Court in Detroit in front of Judge George Caram Steeh.

He will be required to register under the federal sex offender registry, according to court documents. He is also required to maintain and update his registration for at least 20 years and potentially for the rest of his life. Stankiewicz was also sentenced to a lifetime of parole after his sentence is up.

“A sentence of 420 months is necessary to protect the public from Stankiewicz’s future crimes. The harm caused by the conduct here cannot be overestimated,” Steeh said in court documents.

Attorney Penny Beardslee, who is representing Stankiewicz, did not return a request for comment by press time.

Stankiewicz is already a Tier 2 sex offender, convicted in June 2015 of several violations of the Uniform Codes of Military Justice, including rape or a sexual act with someone under the age of 12, possession of child pornography, and bringing discredit upon the armed forces.

Stankiewicz was formerly in the Navy.

According to Navy documents, Stankiewicz was sentenced to a bad conduct discharge from the military, forfeited all pay and allowances, and was given a six-month confinement for his first offense in 2015.

In late July 2016, a new investigation into Stankiewicz was launched by the FBI’s Trafficking and Exploitation Task Force.

An eight-page affidavit detailed that the mother of a 14-year-old girl had filed a police report claiming that her daughter had been having an online sexual relationship and had sent pornographic/nude photos to an unknown person. The woman said the unknown person was also sending nude photos to her daughter.

When the victim’s mother spoke to police, she said her daughter had sent someone nude photos of herself on an app, in which users are able to send texts and photographs through usernames instead of phone numbers, according to the affidavit.

Police obtained a search warrant for the victim’s account and identified conversations between the victim and another app user.

Investigators said in the report that the conversations were sexually explicit, and the victim and the other username exchanged nude/pornographic photographs.

Investigators were able to obtain the other user’s IP address, and they traced it to the Stankiewicz home in Lathrup Village.

Upon reviewing the Facebook page for Stankiewicz, investigators determined that he was the person in the photo that the app user sent of himself to the victim.

A search warrant was executed at the Stankiewicz home Sept. 2, according to documents, and investigators determined probable cause to arrest the man for child pornography charges.

“Because of what Stankiewicz and others like him did, (the victim) and her mother have no idea who may possess child pornography and other sexually explicit images of her. … The National Center for Exploited and Missing Children has created a profile for (the victim), and (she) will have to decide whether she wants to be notified each and every time someone in a possession, receipt or distribution case is found with a picture of her on their devices,” Steeh said in court documents.