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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 19, 2015

Howell Resident Charged In Federal Child Pornography Probe

Dennis Fraser, 44, of Howell, Michigan, was arrested on charges alleging he distributed, possessed and received child pornography, announced United States Attorney Barbara L. McQuade.

McQuade was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge, Marlon Miller, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations.

The affidavit supporting the criminal complaint states that ICE agents executed a search warrant on Fraser’s email account and found images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct. A forensic search of Fraser’s personal computer revealed 211 images of child pornography and multiple link files with titles consistent with child pornography.

Fraser will appear in federal court today at 1:00 p.m. where it will be determined whether he will be detained or released pending trial.  If convicted, Fraser faces not less than 15 years in prison and up to 40 years maximum.

This case is being prosecuted by Mollie O’Rourke and investigated by special agents with U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

A complaint is merely a set of allegations that, if the case were to proceed to trial, the government would need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence.

Updated June 19, 2015