Eastpointe man faces child pornography charges

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 10, 2019

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EASTPOINTE — An Eastpointe man is being charged for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office and Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said they received a tip regarding 65 explicit images of children being uploaded to a file sharing account in January of 2018. Investigators tracked an IP address, which identifies a computer’s location, to a 28-year-old Eastpointe man, Keith Alan Arms Jr.

Investigators searched Arms’ home and seized three electronic devices; the investigators found that a phone belonging to Arms contained photos and videos of children in sexually abusive situations, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Arms was charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime, five counts of distribution of child sexually abusive material and five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material. The maximum penalty is seven years in prison for the distribution charges and four years for the possession charges. He also could be fined $50,000 for each distribution count and $10,000 for each possession count.

He was charged as a habitual offender because he had two prior fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct convictions, according to the Attorney General’s Office, and he therefore faces a penalty of double the maximum sentences on the distribution charges. 

Arms was arraigned in 38th District Court Aug. 29. Bond was set at $1 million, and his next court date was a probable cause conference scheduled for Sept. 10, after press time.

“Our office will prosecute those who prey on Michigan’s children to the fullest extent of the law,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press release. “I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Michigan State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and our attorneys for their continued commitment to protecting Michigan children and bringing those who exploit them to justice.”

Arms had not yet retained or been assigned an attorney as of press time.

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