Sex offender who amassed child porn called ‘an extreme danger to our youth'

An Allegan County man who spent time locked up for sexually assaulting a child, will spend more than a decade in prison for possessing child pornography.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - An Allegan County man who spent time locked up for sexually assaulting a child was sentenced Wednesday, April 19 to more than a decade in federal prison for possession of child pornography.

Benjamin Franklin Miklusicak, 41, of Dorr, was found with more than 100 images and videos of child pornography – some involving sex acts - during a 2015 investigation. He told police he has an interest in 9 to 13-year-old girls, court records show.

Miklusicak was convicted in Ottawa County in August, 2004 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a person under the age of 13 and is listed on Michigan’s sex offender registry.

U.S. District Court Judge Janet T. Neff on Wednesday sentenced him to 124 months in federal prison for possession of child pornography. Miklusicak will spend 10 years on supervised release once he gets out of prison. The possession charge is punishable by a mandatory 10 years in prison and up to 20 years.

“There is perhaps no better indicator of the impending danger posed by a known pedophile than his decision to seek out images of children being abused,’’ Acting U.S. Attorney Andrew Byerly Birge said in a news release.

Steve Francis, a special agent with Homeland Security Investigations, called Miklusicak “an extreme danger to our youth.’’

“This sentencing will ensure that he no longer has access to children in any way,’’ Francis said in a news release.

Miklusicak came on police radar in 2015 during an undercover operation into trafficking of child pornography on a peer-to-peer file-sharing program.

Agents with Homeland Security Investigations identified a computer user offering to share child pornography files. That led to a home in Allegan County linked to Miklusicak.

Police searched the home in May, 2015; the people living there denied viewing or distributing child pornography, but said Miklusicak visits their house to use the Internet, court records show.

A search of his laptop computer revealed more than 100 images and videos of child pornography, including children engaged in sex acts, court records show.

“He said he views child pornography once or twice a week,’’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin M. Presant wrote in court documents. “He detailed how he began viewing child pornography and how he felt about it. He admits to using file-sharing programs to download child pornography.’’

Miklusicak told investigators he “would struggle between his desire to view child pornography and his knowledge that it was wrong,’’ court records show. “He admits knowing that he was viewing real children and that they were experiencing pain.’’

A two-count indictment in November, 2015 charged Miklusicak with receipt and possession of child pornography. He agreed to plead guilty to the possession charge. In exchange for his Dec. 2016 guilty plea, federal prosecutors dropped the receipt of child pornography charge.

In a letter to the court, Miklusicak’s parents described him as an excellent mechanic who is “compassionate, loving, caring and very devoted to his family and friends.’’

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