A Michigan father practically turned his son over to police after he caught him sending nude photos to a minor.
30-year-old Michael Raymond-Ulrich Simmons, a resident of Cadillac, was arrested Wednesday as a result of an investigation by the Michigan State Police then following a tip his father gave the authorities two years ago.
The WJHG report indicates that Officers were initially contacted by Simmons’ father in October 2020. At the time, the man told officials that his son could be sending photos of a sexual nature to a minor. The age and gender of the victim in the case are unclear. Nevertheless, the age of consent in the state of Michigan is sixteen, which means that the victim was under that age.
After a “lengthy” investigation, the Missaukee County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a warrant on February 24 “charging Simmons with accosting a child for immoral purposes, intentional dissemination of sexually explicit material and using a computer to commit a crime,” said WDIV.
On Tuesday, Simmons turned himself in. He is now being held in the Missaukee County Jail on a “personal recognizance bond.”
A personal recognizance bond, explained Nolo, is a “no-cost bail.”
Michael will appear in court again on his scheduled date March 17, 2022. If he finds himself convicted of the crimes against him, Michael would be required by the state of Michigan to register as a sex offender.
There are no further details available regarding the circumstances that led the father to report his son to the police.
The state of Michigan charges four years in prison for accosting an underage individual for immoral purposes and imposes a maximum fine of $4,000. The intentional dissemination of sexually explicit content can fetch a maximum one-year sentence and using a computer for the offense could get the offender a maximum of four years as punishment. If proven guilty, Michael will also be convicted of a sexual offense.