A man in Schoolcraft, Michigan has been arrested by state police on charges of child sex abuse. Ryan Ahern, 29, was arrested in connection to a tip that alleged he might possess recordings of sexual material involving children.
An investigation determined that Ahern was in possession of said materials. In a written statement, authorities allege Ahern was in possession of quite a large quantity of material involving children.
Notably, the tip didn’t simply accuse Ahern of possessing the materials. It alleged that he was creating such material by abusing children. Michigan state police viewed the tip as credible. Following it, they interviewed Ahern, arresting him after the interview. An investigation revealed he was in possession of the illegal content involving children.
Ahern faces serious charges in connection to the material in his possession. His myriad charges include distributing or promoting child sexually abusive material, aggravated child sexually abusive material possession, first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13, child sexually abusive activity, and using a computer to commit a crime.
If found guilty on even some of these crimes, Ahern is likely to be sent to prison. He was arraigned on September 24 and is currently awaiting trial. He remains innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It is unclear whether he will hire an attorney to represent him or if he will be represented by a public defender.
The internet is a fun place to meet new people and play video games with friends all over the world. However, it’s also a useful tool for predators to coax children into dangerous situations.
Police have encouraged parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of meeting strangers through the internet in the wake of Ahern’s arrest.
Remember, it’s okay for kids to play online and meet people. However, it’s imperative that they never give their address to strangers or arrange to meet people in person after only meeting them online. If your kids use the internet often, make sure to remind them of the importance of staying safe online.
Likewise, children’s online interactions should probably be supervised. If your kids are visiting sketchy websites or making friendships with older people, you need to be aware of this and warn them about the dangers posed by such activity. Make sure their time online is fun and enriching, not a path to a dangerous situation!