Pittsfield Township Man given 30 yr Federal Sentence on Child Porn Conviction

ANN ARBOR, MI – A Pittsfield Township man was sentenced Wednesday February 21st, 2018 to 30 years in federal prison following an investigation and subsequent arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Detroit field office, working jointly with the University of Michigan Police Department and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office under the auspices of the newly- created Cyber Rescue of Washtenaw (CREW) taskforce.

Terry LeClerc, 47-years-old, was sentenced in federal court to 360 months for the production, receipt, and possession of child pornography.   This case was initiated in 2016 when the Ann Arbor Police Department received a complaint that LeClerc had sexually assaulted a cognitively impaired individual.

Responding officers from the Ann Arbor Police Department observed sexually explicit images on LeClerc’s cellular telephone and coordinated the subsequent investigation with the CREW taskforce.  CREW investigators forensically examined LeClerc’s telephone and discovered unrelated images depicting two minor victims being sexually assaulted.

LeClerc later admitted that he had assaulted the victims and photographed his acts.  In addition to the federal charges, LeClerc was charged concurrently by the state of Michigan with criminal sexual conduct involving a minor and is scheduled to be sentenced in that case later this month.

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Terry LeClerc was convicted in September of 2017 for:

750.520E1A – CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT – FOURTH DEGREE (Force or Coercion)
50.520C1A – CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT – SECOND DEGREE (Person Under Thirteen)
“LeClerc  was found guilty today of sexually assaulting an 11 year-old girl and will now be incarcerated for his heinous acts,” said Steve Francis, special agent in charge of HSI Detroit. “Homeland Security Investigations is committed to bringing to justice those who sexually exploit children, and this case exemplifies the long reach of HSI and its ability to coordinate with its law enforcement partners for the good of the community and the safety of its children.”

“The images found on the defendant’s cell phone are not merely pictures but are a permanent record of sexual abuse and exploitation of children,” stated United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider. “I commend the work of HSI and CREW for their dedication to investigating crimes against children.”

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