Montmorency County Registered Sex Offender Arrested on Child Porn Charges [Video]

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HILLMAN, MI – The Hillman man arrested Wednesday after a Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department and Huron Narcotics Team (HUNT) investigation has been arraigned. 42-year-old Marc James Whitney was charged with Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material, and using a computer in a crime.Marc Whitney

At about 3:15 PM today, Wednesday December 12th, 2018, detectives from the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team arrested 42-year-old Marc Whitney on charges related to possession of child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime. Following the arrest, he was lodged in the Montmorency County Jail. Both are felonies punishable by 4-7 years in prison.

The warrant also sites a SORA (Sex Offender Registry Act) notice for violation of the act for a tier one offense. The suspect in the incident had previously been convicted of 2 counts of criminal sexual conduct, second degree, involving a minor child.

Marc Whitney was convicted in March of 2005 on two counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second Degree (Person Under Thirteen). He is required to register for the rest of his life.

The investigation began in August of this year when concerned citizens of the Hillman area alerted the Montmorecy County Sheriff of suspicious activity. Specifically, parents of female children, ages 10-16, reported that the children were receiving requests to be followed on a common social media app and these requests were made by a local sex offender. HUNT was asked to investigate the allegations. An extensive 3-month long investigation resulted in arrest of Marc Whitney.

Portions of the investigation continue and may result in additional charges pending the review by the Montmorency County Prosecuting Attorney.

Marc Whitney was lodged in the Montmorency County Jail where he is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.

HUNT was assisted by Michigan State Police 7th District Emergency Services Team, MSP 7th District Computer Crimes Unit, the Montmorency County Sheriff Department and the Michigan State Police, Alpena Post.

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