Manistee Man Arrested For Making Child Porn, Evidence Seized

"It’s a horribly egregious crime that this person is charged with having committed."

A Northern Michigan man, facing dozens of charges of making child pornography, all involving two children he cared for.

It started when a child tipped police off to look into what was going on in a Manistee home.

They found a large amount of child porn inside.

The child pornography investigation led to the arrest of a 65-year-old man living in the City of Manistee.

9&10’s Cody Boyer and photojournalist Melvin Kimbrough have been following the investigation and bring you more details.

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Police don’t know how long this has been going on yet.

They *do* know that the man was considered a trusted caregiver to both kids involved.

They had to act fast to stop it.

"This was investigated within a very short amount of time, approximately a two-week investigation by troopers and detectives," says Lt. Kip Belcher, Michigan State Police, Cadillac post.

The voice of a young child led police to investigate a home here in the City of Manistee.

Police won’t tell us where it is at this time, but they say they found enough inside to arrest the home’s owner quickly.

"This goes above and beyond just the aspect of possessing it and having it at one’s disposal," Lt. Belcher says. "This is actually creating this type of material and going to extra steps and actually taking the time and effort to abuse a young child."

Computers and other electronic devices, full of what police are calling a "sizable library" of child porn.

They took the evidence and then arrested the man.

"The whole thing could be problematic," says Angela Cook-Hoekwater, counseling supervisor at Oasis in Cadillac.

Cook-Hoekwater says this abuse can have disastrous lasting effects.

"They can have problems with body image, they can have problems with just some maladaptive thinking. They can have nightmares," Cook-Hoekwater says. "They can really have a gambit of a lot of behavioral issues."

A long road still ahead for investigators…

And an even longer road still for the little ones involved.

"It wasn’t their fault," Cook-Hoekwater says. "Adults shouldn’t do this to them and I’m glad they told."

The man posted his $100,000 bond shortly after being jailed, according to the Manistee County Jail.

We’re told he has not yet been arraigned and could face a slew of other charges.

Cook-Hoekwater says victims of such abuse can go to several local organizations for help.

"You can actually contact any counselor and they would know what the resources are in that community," Cook-Hoekwater says. "They could come here. There is also Women’s Resource Center that they could go or the Children’s Advocacy Center. There are people and places that can help."