Tue. Apr 7th, 2020

Additional charges filed against Michigan father

Jeremy David McCallum, 43, of Holly, Michigan [Image credit: Genesee County MSP]

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It all started with a call to the Michigan State Police for a runaway complaint on January 31, 2020 at 7:10 pm.  Troopers made contact with the juvenile who them told them that he had discovered images of child pornography on his father's tablet.

 

Child protective services was called and the juvenile was placed in the care of other family members.

 

Troopers then went to the juvenile's residence and made contact with the father.  It wasn't long before a search warrant was drafted and signed by an on-duty magistrate.

 

Due to the cluttered nature of the home, Michigan State Police employed the use of a cyber dog, trained to detect different kinds of electronic devices.   They reportedly removed considerable amounts of evidence from the home.

 

Initially, 43-year-old Jeremy David McCallum faced 15 charges. The Charges listed were 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim younger than 13 years of age, two counts of felony firearm, one count of possession of sexually abusive activity, extortion, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

 

Prosecutors announced last week though, that McCallum will be facing additional charges, including charges at the federal level.

 

He now faces a total of 88 charges which are: 65 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, 18 counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of extortion, two counts of child sexual abuse activity, and one count of child abuse.

 

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton explained that some charges will be handled at the state level while others await federal prosecution.

 

“And the reason we want to go that route is because the sanctions in the federal system are harsher than they are in the state system for similar crimes. So they’re taking the child pornography counts and we’re keeping the sexual assault counts.”

 

McCallum stands accused of "doing unspeakable things" to infants, and those actions were evidently caught on video.

 

“We were able to find DVDs, CDs, and photographs. And from those DVDs, we were able to actually witness the sexual assaults and identify who the individuals were who were the victims of the crimes,” Leyton said.

 

McCallum remains in the Genesee County Jail without bond.

 

The investigation remains ongoing and McCallum will clearly face more charges in the future.

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