Sterling Heights Man Pleads Guilty to 10 Counts of Possession of Child Porn

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI – John Cafarelli, of Sterling Heights, has pleaded guilty to 10 Counts of Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Materials, four year felonies. Child Porn

Cafarelli, 54-years-old, was charged with possession of child sexually abusive materials after the Michigan Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force executed a warrant on his home in 2014. The case was then referred to the Attorney General for prosecution.

“The downloading and possession of child pornography is a despicable crime,” said Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette. “The possession of child pornography is a serious crime and is a continued victimization of these helpless children.  Not only are the children in these images victimized when these horrific images are produced, they are then re-victimized every time someone shares the pictures or looks at them.  I am glad that the conclusion of this case means another child predator is brought to justice.”

Cafarelli plead guilty Wednesday, October 12th, 2016, before the Hon. James Maceroni in Macomb County Circuit Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 30th, 2016.

In 2014 an undercover investigation by the ICAC into the internet sharing of child pornography lead to an IP address that belonged to Cafarelli. A search warrant was first issued for the owner of the IP address. It was determined that it belonged to Cafarelli, at which point a search warrant of his home was issued. When the search warrant was executed Cafarelli answered the door partially clothed and child pornography was actively running on his computer.  As a result of the warrant a desktop computer was seized from Cafarelli’s bedroom. Upon forensic review, numerous images of child sexually abusive materials were found on Cafarelli’s personal computer.  As that computer was determined to be solely used by Cafarelli, he was charged with possession of child sexually abusive materials.

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