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Published on February 26, 2024
Port Hope Man Charged with Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material, MSP ReportsSource: Michigan State Police

A Port Hope man faces charges after state police said they caught him with child sexually abusive material. Zachary Scott Lemanski, 24, was apprehended and charged with possession of such material, engaging in child sexually abusive activity, and using a computer to commit a crime, WJRT reports.

According to the WNEM, authorities began the investigation after discovering Lemanski's online activities. The Michigan State Police's Computer Crimes Unit, along with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, ultimately executed the arrest. During their search of Lemanski’s home, digital evidence was confiscated, the day, he was arraigned in the 73B District Court on February 22.

Highlighting the pervasive dangers lurking in the digital sphere, the Michigan State Police has urged parents to initiate conversations about internet safety with their children. This call to action includes pointing parents to a host of resources for ensuring their kids' online security, featured on websites like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Community involvement plays a crucial role in combating the scourge of exploitation with the Michigan State Police encouraging anyone with information related to potential child sexual exploitation to step forward and report to the CyberTipLine. The collaboration between local law enforcement agencies and the Computer Crimes Unit, as reported by michigansthumb.com, in cases such as Lemanski's, underscores a shared commitment to rooting out such crimes and safeguarding the vulnerable.