There's disturbing news to report coming out of the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, where three pedophiles were apprehended as part of an undercover child pornography investigation by the Michigan State Police, the second consecutive raid by MSP this month.
The case begins with the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit working in cooperation with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICACTF), in an undercover investigation of three pedophiles believed to be involved in a child pornographic distribution ring.
Amidst those investigations, which would lead to the respective surveillance and eventual execution of search and arrest warrants on each of the child sexual predators, law enforcement agencies were able to build a criminal case that they feel will remove these predators from society for a long time.
47-year-old Wallace Matthew Slatinsky, of Grand Rapids, Michigan was subject to the execution of a search warrant and an arrest warrant at his home on August 23rd, where he remains in the custody of Michigan State Police.
Slatinsky was formally arraigned on charges of sexually abusing children, two counts of distributing and possessing child sexually abusive material, and using a computer to commit a crime.
“Unfortunately, this is pretty normal for us. We investigate cases like this every week," Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin said to the<a href="https://fox17online.com/2018/08/27/state-police-arrest-3-men-on-child-pornography-charges/"> local Fox News affiliate Channel 17 </a>in West Michigan.
44-year-old Keith William Mahan, of Muskegon, Michigan was subject to the execution of a search warrant and an arrest warrant at a residence in Montague on August 22nd, where he remains in the custody of Michigan State Police.
Mahan has since been formally arraigned on two counts of child sexually abusive activity and using a computer to commit a crime.
48-year-old Adrian James Batt, of Hudsonville, Michigan was arrested on July 26th, at an undisclosed location in the Hudsonville area.
Batt has since been formally arraigned on two counts of distributing and possessing child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.
Each of these pedophiles will soon face trial in a Michigan court of law, where the<a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(mebfolhhtjcyuoghsqpu3kli))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-750-145c"> Compiled Laws of the Michigan Legislature </a>specifically, the Michigan Penal Code Act 328 of 1931 750. Section 145c will be used to prosecute each of the criminals to the fullest extent of the law.
As per 750. Section 145c, ”A person who distributes or promotes, or finances the distribution or promotion of, or receives for the purpose of distributing or promoting, or conspires, attempts, or prepares to distribute, receive, finance, or promote any child sexually abusive material or child sexually abusive activity is guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 7 years, or a fine of not more than $50,000.00, or both."
Because of the multiple count felony charges against these criminals, they are likely to face the maximum sentences, meaning you could expect Mahan and Batt to face a minimal 14 to 20 years imprisonment, and Slatinsky to face up to 25 years to life imprisonment for his crimes against children.
Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin is a crucial part of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force which was involved in this operation, as the ICAC Task Force was both instrumental in the investigation process that led authorities to the eventual arrests of these perverse pedophiles, securing the safety of their communities.
The ICAC task forces are also “comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies,” as reported by the Department of Justice.
There are a total of 61 ICAC task forces, which are spread across all 50 US states and territories, that spend 24-hours a day locating the victims of online child sexual abuse, those who have distributed and solicited child pornography, as well as those who engage in efforts to seduce children over the internet.
The DOJ says that the operation<a href="https://www.wzzm13.com/article/news/crime/three-west-michigan-men-arrested-for-child-porn/69-588181144"> targeted suspects </a> who specifically produce, distribute, receive and possess child pornography; engage in online enticement of children for sexual purposes; engage in the sex trafficking of children; travel across state lines or to foreign countries and sexually abuse children.
“The ICAC Program is funded through the Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In 1998, OJJDP launched the ICAC Task Force Program to help federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies enhance their investigative responses to offenders who use the Internet, online communication systems or computer technology to exploit children. To date, ICAC Task Forces have reviewed more than 775,000 complaints of child exploitation, which resulted in the arrest of more than 83,000 individuals,” reports the Department of Justice.
That's over 83,000 pedophiles brought to justice since the conception of the ICAC, a stunning statistic. None of these cases were covered by the mainstream media.
“In addition, since the ICAC program's inception, more than 629,400 law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and other professionals have been trained on techniques to investigate and prosecute ICAC-related cases,” a DOJ press release in the ICAC says.
Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin stated that finding people responsible for preying on children usually starts with a information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The NCMEC relies on the anonymous and direct tips from companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Google, in order to track down the illicit production and distribution of child pornography.
After receiving such a tip, McLalin says that the ICAC has been given the authority to issue direct search warrants to those tech platforms, especially when they're uncooperative, in order to ascertain additional information on other suspects or evidence that could suggest there was child sexually abusive activity.
<a href="https://www.icactaskforce.org/">For more information on the ICAC Task Force click here. </a>
For state-level joint ventures that include the multitude of law enforcement resources, including those which have been made readily available under the Administration of President Trump, at the guidance of the Department of Justice, led by the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, please contact the appropriate state ICAC Task Force Commander.
To find contact information for the specific agency or ICAC Task Force Commander, involved in a specific project or if you would like to seek further resources on a specific case, you can<a href="https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/ContactsTaskForce.aspx">click here to locate and contact the ICAC Task Force Commander.</a>
“Sometimes it can take months," McLalin says of the prolonged wait to bring down these monstrosities. "You know, we do a very thorough job in our investigation. Sometimes it’s a lot of surveillance, a lot of different search warrants, working together with other agencies.”
Such a delay in the apprehension of a suspect you know is a pedophile must be frustrating. Nbt not only does the ICAC Task Force need to ensure they have the evidence to bring that child predator to justice, but they must then guarantee that there are no other individuals involved in the illicit distribution of child pornographic images and videos are able to escape their clutches across the internet, as they may make an effort to go dark when one or more pedophiles are apprehended.
Members of the public who have information about child-sexual predators are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.
<a href="https://www.ice.gov/webform/hsi-tip-form">They can also submit a tip over the internet by completing ICE’s online form by clicking here.</a>
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
The iOS version of the app can be downloaded from<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/operation-predator/id695130859?mt=8"> Apple's App Store and iTunes</a>; the Android version is also available via<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.java.ice"> Google Play Store</a>.
<i>The scourge of child pornographic distribution continues to be eliminated under the Trump Administration, which has result in over 9000 arrests related to human and child-sex trafficking, child molestation, or child pornography since President Trump's inauguration in January of 2017, setting records in the widespread victories against the rampant pedophilia in America.</i>
If you know of any child who may have been a victim of sexual exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit the<a href="https://www.missingkids.com”> NCMEC’s web site </a> where you can find assistance directly dependent upon the specific case you're interested in finding information for.
Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin added that there is sometimes a situation where when they're attempting to make an arrest and that the child predator knows they're caught red-handed, and that then causes many to outright admit their crimes against children.
“I can tell you that the evidence that we have is so strong, that a lot of times when people in cases like this are confronted with it, they do a lot of times just admit to it, own up to it because the evidence is so strong," McLalin states, remembering that the work they do saves the lives of innocent children.
Law enforcement agencies involved in this type of covert and direct surveillance of pedophiles and child pornographic distribution rings are heroes, the unsung protectors of our nation's most valuable asset, and that is of the children, who themselves are the future of America.
When an arrest is made for child sexually abusive activity, which is the direct molestation, rape, or similar sexual assault of a young child, McLalin says that police then work to make sure that any children who are victims of assault, or subjects of the distribution of the sexually explicit material shared by pedophiles, are able to get the help they need.
“We will set them up with an interview, at what’s called a Child Advocacy Center, and a forensic interview will be conducted. And then, after that? That same center will offer them different kinds of services, such as counseling, therapy, and offer assistance to the family as well," McLalin says.
The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, alongside the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force make an effort to encourage parents across their state and around the nation to always monitor what your child is doing, and teaching them to tell their parents if they notice something strange either in person or online in an effort to keep their children safe from the dangerous pedophiles who would commence to criminally and sexually abuse those children.
“I would just tell parents to make sure that they are informed, first off about what’s out there on the internet today, the most popular apps that kids are using in today’s age," McLalin says.
Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin says that monitoring your child's internet usage important, as well as setting up a timeline and series of rules for how they can access the internet and various social media platforms.
Monitoring the hours they're online, and utilizing privacy settings and software are an extra tool that can be used to create a safe experience for your child's devices, and most importantly, communicating openly about what your children encounter online.
“I would suggest if you came across that and you open up a message that did contain child sexually abusive material or some other kind of activity that exploits children, definitely report that to police immediately," McLalin said, and wanted to reinforce that you should act immediately.
Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin says that the officers who serve on these task forces have themselves become victim to emotional trauma, due to what they've had to expose themselves to seeing in some cases, and department psychologists are always on staff to help them cope with those brutal experiences they encounter on the job.
This is another major victory for innocent children across the United States of America, and a major sweep that further cleanses the nation of the filth that preys upon the country's most defenseless which exist in every city, every county, and every state across our great nation.
Thank you, President Trump, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the brave law enforcement at the Michigan State Police, and an enormous amount of gratitude go to the heroic Detective Trooper Specialist Matthew McLalin.
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