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Registered sex offender accused of looking at child porn on Walmart computer

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Timothy Powers (Source: Isabella County Jail) Timothy Powers (Source: Isabella County Jail)
MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -

A registered sex offender is back behind bars after allegedly looking up child pornography at a Mid-Michigan Walmart.

Isabella County Sheriff Michael Main told TV5 Timothy Powers, 38, was arrested after Mt. Pleasant store employees noticed he was spending a large amount of time at a store demo computer.

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When investigators pulled data from that computer, they said they found multiple child porn sites had been accessed.

"It's not like somebody was just sitting in the basement in their home looking up images. This was in a public setting," Main said.

Main said Powers was at the store, located at 4730 Encore Drive, three to four days throughout the week, sometimes for up to two to three hours.

Powers was convicted in 2011 of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was out on parole at the time of his arrest.

Main said Powers may have tapped into the store’s Wi-Fi to access the sites. Walmart told CBS affiliate 9and10news.com they have controls in place to prevent this from happening and are looking into how it happened.

Main said there is no indication this happened at any other store.

Powers is currently in the Isabella County jail, charged with possession of child sexually abusive material.

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