WAYLAND, MI – On June 7th, 2019, the Wayland Police Department responded to a complainant’s residence. The complainant wished to report an incident that occurred in the City of Wayland. The mother of a 10-year-old child stated that her child used the restroom at the Dollar General Store in Wayland, 125 West Superior St., Wayland, MI.
At that time the 10-year-old juvenile noticed a cell phone propped up facing toward the toilet area of the restroom. Upon further investigation that phone was found to have recorded the child using the restroom, and belonged to a store employee, Timothy Keckler.
Timothy Keckler turned the phone over to Wayland Police. Wayland Police subsequently searched Keckler’s residence located at 119 Pine St. in Wayland after obtaining a search warrant. While serving the search warrant several electronic devices were seized. Child Protective Services was apprised of the ongoing police investigation and proceeded to initiate their investigation.
Based on that information other witnesses were interviewed to determine if there were more victims. The devices were sent to the MSP crime lab for forensic examination. Upon completion of the examination of the devices further investigation resumed. Numerous images of child sexually abusive material were located on the cell phone. Further investigation took place to identify the juveniles through databases and examination of the images by a physician took place in order to ascertain approximate ages of yet to be identified victims. There were approximately 250-300 images located. Based on the investigation to this point, there is no evidence of actual physical abuse or assault on any child or adult victims.
On 1/17/2020 the suspect surrendered to authorities and turned himself in on a 6-count warrant. Prosecution is pending and all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The Allegan County Prosecutor’s Office has authorized the following charges:
2 Counts – Child Sexually Abusive Activity – Aggravated
2 Counts – Computer Use to Commit a Crime – Maximum 20 years to life
1 Count – Capturing/Distributing the Image of an Unclothes Person
1 Count – Computers-Using to Commit a Crime – Maximum 4 years but less than 10 years