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Michigan man sentenced for distributing, possessing child porn

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John Cafarelli (Source: Michigan Attorney General) John Cafarelli (Source: Michigan Attorney General)
STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WNEM) -

A Michigan man has learned his fate after police found him in possession of child porn. 

John Cafarelli was found guilty in July 2017 of 10 felony counts of possession of child sexually abusive materials, one count of distribution of child sexually abusive materials, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, a judge sentenced him to 23 months to seven years in jail. He will also be required to register as a sex offender for 25 years. 

“This case proves that those who choose to victimize innocent children will be held accountable for their crimes,” said Attorney General Bill Schuette. “While it cannot undo what has been done, this sentencing means another child predator is off the streets.”

In 2014, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force began an investigation into an IP address which was sharing child pornography. The IP address led investigators to the 54-year-old Sterling Heights man. A search warrant was then issued for Cafarelli's home.

Police said when they went to execute the warrant, they found Cafarelli partially clothed and child pornography actively running on his computer. 

A desktop computer was seized by police from Cafarelli's bedroom. Forensic investigators found numerous images of child sexually abusive material on the computer. 

Cafarelli originally pleaded guilty in October 2016 but at the time of sentencing in November 2016 he stated he was innocent and was allowed to withdraw the original plea. The case was then sent to trial leading to this guilty verdict.

Possession of CSAM is a four year felony, distribution of CSAM is a seven year felony and using a computer to commit a crime is also a seven year felony.

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