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No law requiring computer repair shops to report illegal activity

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MIDLAND COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A computer repair man is being applauded for doing the right thing after discovering several images of child porn on a customer's computer.

"I don't understand it, never will. Don't need to, don't want to," said John Levy, co-owner of Computers to Go.

Levy is disgusted by child pornography. He co-owns a repair shop for computers and other digital devices. He said if he ever comes across anything incriminating he'll get the authorities involved without hesitation.

"No questions. Don't have any problems. We just call the police. We hold the material, we would hold the evidence there. Give it to the police and let them deal with it," Levy said.

There is no legal obligation for computer repair shops to report any suspicious images they may find on a hard drive, but Levy said you don't need a law to do the right thing.

"I still would. That's not what we want. That's not what society wants," Levy said.

Stan Holmes, 65, was arrested on child porn charges earlier this week. The owner of a computer repair shop in northern Michigan alerted police after allegedly seeing sexually abusive material on Holmes' computer.

Meanwhile, Levy wants everyone to know if you do something illegal on your computer the evidence will always be there.

"People think, 'no, I deleted it.' No. Data is recoverable," Levy said.

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