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Muskegon man sentenced to federal prison for producing child porn

Tribune Staff • May 2, 2018 at 11:30 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — Eric Matthew Will of Muskegon has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release that will commence once Will, 35, is released from prison. Will will also be required to register as a sexual offender.

Will pled guilty Jan. 2 to charges that he had created pornographic images and videos of a 14-year-old and then sent them to others via the internet. One of the people to whom Will sent child pornography was an undercover officer.

In its sentencing memorandum, the U.S. Attorney’s Office argued in favor of the 30-year sentence and pointed out that Will had sexually abused and exploited the victim for years. In addition, Will had tried to sell his collection of child pornography to the undercover officer for $1,000.

“Crimes involving the sexual exploitation of children are among the most serious offenses there are,” Birge said, and the victim in this case “was particularly vulnerable.”

Maloney said this case was the worst he's seen in 20 years on the bench.

The case was a part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

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