Ferndale man who allegedly recorded women undressing now charged with child pornography

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published December 21, 2020

 Tyler Tierney

Tyler Tierney

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FERNDALE — A Ferndale man who previously was charged for allegedly recording women undressing in secret now faces additional charges of allegedly possessing child pornography.

Tyler Tierney was arraigned Dec. 14 in the 43rd District Court on five new charges related to his current case, which had been bound over to the Oakland County Circuit Court. He was arraigned on four counts of aggravated child sexually abusive activity and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

Tierney originally was arrested in November on five counts of surveilling an unclothed person, each a five-year felony. The crimes allegedly took place at a Ferndale home in July. He is accused of secretly recording five different women undressing in the home.

According to Ferndale police, when detectives were investigating Tierney for allegedly recording the women, they came across videos that they suspected to be child pornography. They took possession of his phone and his computer, which were turned over to Oakland County’s computer crime lab.

“Upon review of Tierney’s phone, it revealed 156 videos consistent with child sexually abusive material,” said Ferndale Police Community Engagement Officer Jill Mahlmeister.

“Out of those 156 videos that are just on his cellphone, it was clear in the majority of the videos the children were under the age of 17,” Mahlmeister said.

In a review of Tierney’s MacBook, authorities reportedly were able to recover videos of child pornography. They also reportedly found a search history of child sexually abusive material.

“They were able to recover 434 videos/images from his computer,” she said. “They were able to verify five of them — five known children were identified.”

It’s not believed by police at this time that Tierney created the pornography.

“We did not find any evidence that he was facilitating any of these,” Mahlmeister said. “He obviously obtained them elsewhere, whether he purchased them (or) downloaded them. That part’s unclear, where he was actually able to receive possession of these materials. And when (police) asked him about it, he did not make any admissions on it.”

Each count of child sexually abusive activity is a 25-year felony. The count of using a computer to commit a crime is a 20-year felony. Tierney’s next court date on these charges is scheduled for Dec. 21, after press time, at the 43rd District Court. He will appear in the circuit court on his other charges Jan. 7.

Tierney’s attorney, Kimberly Stout, could not be reached for comment.

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