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MSP arrests Jackson County Sex Offender on Child Porn Charges

RIVES JUNCTION, MI – Michigan State Police arrested a Jackson County man, who was on probation as a registered sex offender at the time of his arrest, on possession of child of porn charges.

An investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police (MSP) Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the Jackson County Probation Department has resulted in the arrest of a man from Rives Junction. Paul Darling, 49-years-old, was arrested on Feb. 20, 2018.

The investigation stemmed from a tip received from the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Further investigation led to locating a residence in Rives Junction in Michigan. A search of the home netted multiple devices.

Darling has been charged one count of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes. He was arraigned on all counts on Feb. 20, 2018, and given a cash or surety bond of $25,000.

Paul Darling was convicted in April of 2016 in Ohio after he had been communicating via online and text messages with what he thought was an underage female, allegedly asking the underage girl to engage in sexual activity with him. The female was actually a Knox County Ohio Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

If convicted, Darling faces up to four years for using a computer to commit a crime and four years for accosting a child for immoral purposes.

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