Identity theft investigation leads to child sexually abusive material charges

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BIG RAPIDS — A Mecosta man is facing various charges of child sexually abusive material after police first investigated a case of identity theft.

Conrad Lee Johnson, 66, has two cases pending in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.

In one case, Johnson is charged with one count of identity theft, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material.

In a second set of charges, which Johnson was arraigned on Monday, he is charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

The case was investigated by the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post beginning in May 2017, said Detective Sgt. Todd Parsons.

“We were contacted by a business in Mecosta County that suspected someone was attempting to commit ID theft using their information,” Parsons said. “Troopers began to conduct their investigation and search warrants at a residence led to the discovery of child sexually abusive material.”

Parsons said he could not elaborate what was found or on what types of devices.

The newer child sexually abusive activity alleges Johnson arranged for, produced, made copy, reproduced or financed child sexually abusive activity, according to court documents.

All of Johnson’s charges are felonies. The child sexually abusive activity charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Bond for Johnson is set at $100,000. He has a preliminary examination scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Mecosta County’s 77th District Court.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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