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Local man arrested on child pornography charges

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 10, 2015

 Anthony Modrzejewski, 39, has been charged with 10 counts of possessing child sexually abusive material.

Anthony Modrzejewski, 39, has been charged with 10 counts of possessing child sexually abusive material.

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A St. Clair Shores man is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography, as well as videotaping an unclothed person.


Anthony Modrzejewski, 39, has been charged with 10 counts of possessing child sexually abusive material, a felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; 10 counts of distributing or promoting child sexually abusive material, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine; a count of using a computer to commit a crime, a felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine; and a count of videotaping an unclothed person, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.


Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said the charges stem from a Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation.


“As a father and as attorney general, I understand our responsibility to secure justice for Michigan’s most vulnerable victims by prosecuting predators who exploit children,” said Schuette in a press release. “Downloading child pornography is not a victimless crime — the children in those pictures and videos are abused again and again by the predators that download and trade their image.”


St. Clair Shores Police Detective Lt. David Centala said the department was asked to assist the task force in July 2014 and again during the arrest of Modrzejewski April 2.


“We were filled in on the case (and) assisted in locating the suspect,” Centala said. “He was taken into custody without incident.”


Modrzejewski was arraigned April 2 before 40th District Court Magistrate Mark Metry and given a $250,000 cash-or-surety bond. He requested a court-appointed attorney but had not been assigned one as of April 8. At press time, he was scheduled to be in court April 14 for a preliminary examination and was being held in the Macomb County Jail.


Centala said the investigation is continuing, and he praised the work of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, which is made up of members of the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, the Detroit Police Department, the United States Secret Service and the Michigan Department of Corrections.


“That was one of the most professional task force groups I’ve ever worked with,” Centala said.

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