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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, December 20, 2019

Coleman Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Possessing And Accessing With Intent To View Child Pornography Involving Prepubescent Minors Or Minors Under The Age Of 12

A 61-year-old resident of Coleman, Michigan, Ronald Arthur Polk, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for possessing and accessing with intent to view child pornography involving prepubescent minors or minors under the age of 12, United States Attorney Matthew Schneider announced today.

Schneider was joined in the announcement by Steven M. D'Antuono, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. 

United States District Judge Thomas L. Ludington also imposed five years of supervised release on Ronald Arthur Polk who was found guilty by a federal jury on September 16, 2019.

At the trial before U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington, the evidence established that between August 6, 2013, and August 23, 2018, Polk used his computers to browse the Internet to search and web link to numerous websites containing child pornography. The forensic evidence revealed Polk possessed approximately 3,000 images containing child pornography, a majority of them involving minors under the age of 12 or prepubescent.

The case was investigated by the Midland Sherriff’s Department, the Michigan State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Anca Pop.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 20, 2019