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Brothers found guilty of federal child porn charges

• Jun 8, 2019 at 4:00 PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Two Eaton Rapids brothers were found guilty this week by a federal jury in Kalamazoo of multiple child pornography charges.

In September 2015, the FBI executed federal search warrants at a home in Eaton Rapids, where the brothers resided with their parents, and at a campsite in Grand Haven, where the older Collard brother was camping at the time.

A forensic examination of more than 30 electronic media devices seized by the FBI revealed that Adam Christopher Collard, 35, and Joseph Alan Collard, 31, used the internet to download images and videos of child pornography onto computers that they solely owned. The FBI also located a document titled “The Pedophile Sex Manual” on Adam’s laptop.

After two days of hearing testimony and seeing evidence admitted at trial, the jury convicted the brothers on all charges against them. The brothers are in federal custody pending their sentencing date of Sept. 23 in Kalamazoo.

The jury convicted Adam Collard of receiving and possessing child pornography, and attempting to receive and actually receiving and possessing child pornography. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 40 years in federal prison. He has a prior state conviction for possession of child pornography.

Joseph Collard faces a sentence of 5-20 years in federal prison.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said the FBI conducted the investigation. The case was tried by assistant U.S. attorneys Alexis Sanford and Daniel McGraw.

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