Capt. Mark Bennett said the investigation into this matter began in July 2017 when investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force and detectives from the Holland Department of Public Safety and the Sheriff’s Office received information about an IP address that was downloading sexually explicit material of children in Holland Township.
The detectives obtained a search warrant and found the IP address came back to a senior citizen assisted living facility in the Holland area. The suspect may have been attempting to conceal his activity by using public Wi-Fi, Bennett said.
Through the search warrant, detectives determined there were several dates of downloads that took place between the fall of 2017 and the early part of this year. Additional search warrants were executed to determine the exact device and the recipient of the downloads.
As the investigation continued, a particular area of the assisted living facility was determined to have public Wi-Fi. The exact device was determined, which belonged to the suspect, who is not a resident of the facility.
Detectives set up surveillance and established a time pattern of the downloads.
At around 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, detectives contacted the suspect as he entered the facility, who allegedly downloaded several different items of child sexually abusive material. The suspect was detained and was lodged in the Ottawa County Jail.
Bennett said charges are being sought for possession, distribution and manufacturing/publishing of those materials. The suspect’s name will be released after he is arraigned in court, which is expected to take place Friday, March 16.