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Child porn tip from Australian police leads to Michigan man’s arrest

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A 2012 photograph of Westley Keyes from the Michigan Intercourse Offender Registry.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan man is going through baby pornography prices after allegedly taking express photographs of kids and posting them on-line.

In response to a criticism filed in federal courtroom, the Queensland Police Service in Australia discovered over 55 photographs shared by a username related to Battle Creek resident Westley James Keyes, 39, on a darkish internet baby exploitation chat web site in 2020.

Metadata from the photographs, taken between Could and August 2020, informed Queensland police that the placement the place the pictures had been taken was in or close to Battle Creek.

In September 2021, Queensland police notified the Homeland Safety Investigations unit in Grand Rapids of their discovery.

Federal brokers say he took photographs of two ladies, an adolescent and a baby between the age of two and 4. Together with photographs, express and abusive chat messages from the username related to Keyes had been discovered on numerous darkish internet boards, authorities say.

Each the ladies had been interviewed by authorities and confirmed that Keyes had taken inappropriate photographs of them, courtroom paperwork present.

A particular agent spoke with the mom of one of many victims who mentioned that she was conscious of Keyes’ previous crime connected to child pornography and a relative informed her about considerations they’d about photographs that Keyes was taking of kids.

Keyes was arrested on possible trigger by the Homeland Safety Investigations unit.



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