JACKSON, MI – A Jackson man was arrested twice within a 4 day period on sex crime charges involving children by Michigan State Police and Homeland Security.
An investigation conducted by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations resulted in the arrest of Bryant Shepherd, 57-years-old, of Jackson. He was first arrested on January 24th and then again on January 29th.
The first arrest came following an investigation into the online sharing of child sexually abusive material using peer to peer networks. Michigan State Police (MSP) executed a search warrant on Bryant Shepherd’s home. They seized multiple internet capable devices and other evidence. Shepherd was arrested and charged with possession and distribution of child sexually abusive material. He was arraigned on January 25th and released after posting s $5,000 bond.
After the seized evidence was examined, additional evidence was located indicating that Bryant Shepherd had been involved in the sexual assault of a juvenile girl under the age of 13-years old. Shepherd was again arrested on new charges on January 29th. He was arraigned on those charges on January 30th. He is being held without bail in the Jackson County Jail.
Bryant Shepherd was charged with four counts of criminal sexual conduct in the 1st degree. If convicted, each count is punishable by up to life in prison.
Due to the nature of the offences, Michigan State Police is asking anyone with any further information is asked to contact D/Trp/Spl Tom Gladney at 269-845-0994 or D/Sgt Mike Teachout at 517-206-7383.
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