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EATON COUNTY MAN SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS FOR
CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – U.S. Attorney Donald A. Davis announced today that Stephen Cutter, 28, of Eaton County, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Jonker, to seven years in federal prison on charges of receiving child pornography.

According to court documents, Cutter was identified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (“ICE HSI”) special agents during an undercover online investigation into a known computer network where images of child pornography are traded. In April 2011, a special agent acting in an undercover capacity downloaded files depicting child pornography that Cutter had made available to network members. During a May 2011 search warrant executed at Cutter’s home the digital equipment was seized. The ICE HSI special agents discovered hundreds of images of child pornography on digital media storage devices in his possession.

U.S. Attorney Davis said, “The children pictured in the images found in the Defendant’s collection of child pornography are real victims whose lives have been forever harmed by the initial production of the images and the subsequent sharing of them over the Internet. The distribution of child pornography through the use of any medium cannot and will not be tolerated, and individuals found to be involved will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge for ICE HSI in Detroit, Michigan, added that: “While the significant sentence cannot restore the lost innocence of the children depicted in these images, it should serve as a warning to those who engage in this behavior. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and our law enforcement partners will be relentless in our pursuit of online predators.”

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Woods and investigated by the Grand Rapids Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations..

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