Northern Michigan man gets prison for amassing 18,600 images of child porn

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (WZZM) - A northern Michigan man who amassed more than 18,600 images of child pornography, including images of kids being raped, was sentenced Friday to 17-½ years in federal prison.

Thomas Arlan Evans collected images and videos, including “hard-core, graphic material’’ that calls for “significant punishment,’’ federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Jonker sentenced Evans to prison and ordered that he pay a $1,500 fine. Once he gets out of prison, Evans will have to serve seven years on supervised release.

The porn collection was uncovered in a September 2015 raid of his home in the Antrim County village of Mancelona. Evans, 55, pleaded guilty in June to possession of child pornography. The federal offense is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 “A portion of this child pornography featured victims as young as toddler-aged children and a number of the images and videos depict sadistic sexual assaults on very young and vulnerable children,’’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Lewis wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Federal prosecutors say Evans made statements denying criminal intent, minimizing his behavior “and placing, at least in part, the blame elsewhere.’’

Evans, a divorced father of three, served four years in the U.S. military after graduating from high school. He reported being sexually assaulted by his babysitter when he was between the ages of 7 and 9, defense attorney David L. Kaczor wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

His mental health “can only be characterized as unstable’’ and Evans has not worked since 1992 due to health problems, Kaczor wrote.

The investigation got underway in summer 2015 when police went to Evans’ home to investigate a domestic dispute.  Evans was arrested after he showed an officer a paddle located in a nightstand in his bedroom, court records show.

Police in September 2015 obtained a search warrant for his home, recovering more than 18,600 images of child pornography, court records show.

One thumb drive labeled ‘XXX Don’t Erase’ contained 12,000 images and 59 child porn videos. A desktop computer in the family room held another 1,044 images and three videos of child porn, federal court records show.

Evans also “encouraged inappropriate sexual behavior’’ with children, Lewis wrote in the sentencing memorandum.

“Additional victims have reported that the defendant sexually assaulted them when they were children,’’ he wrote.

Federal prosecutors say a harsh term is warranted because child pornography “validates and normalizes the sexual exploitation of children.’’
 

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