Muskegon man sentenced to prison for 'extreme' case of child pornography distribution

Becky Vargo • Jan 20, 2016 at 8:00 AM

GRAND RAPIDS — A Muskegon man will spend the next 20 years in prison for spreading child pornography via the Internet.

Adam James Fitzpatrick, 26, will have 10 years of supervision following release. He must also register as a sex offender at that time.

The sentence was handed down Thursday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. Judge Paul Maloney said this is the worst child pornography case he has ever seen.

Fitzpatrick’s computer was seized Aug. 5, 2015, when the FBI executed a search warrant following a joint investigation by the Michigan State Police and the FBI. Examiners discovered thousands of images and video, including hardcore, graphic material of prepubescent children — including infants and toddlers — being raped and tortured, U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr. said.

The investigation further revealed that Fitzpatrick had access to children, attempted to convince other adults to abuse their children for him and attempted to webcam with children.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office noted that while the possession and distribution of child pornography is a very serious offense, “the extreme depravity of the defendant’s collection and conduct makes his offense all the more serious.”

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

The U.S. Attorney's Office; county prosecutor offices; the Internet Crimes Against Children task force; federal, state and local law enforcement are working together to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who exploit children. The partners in Project Safe Childhood work to educate local communities about the dangers of online child exploitation, and to teach children how to protect themselves.

Get more information about Project Safe Childhood online at www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Anyone with information or concerns about possible child exploitation should contact local law enforcement officials.



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