A Michigan man has been arrested on charges he distributed child pornography.
Major Jim Grafton of the Battle Creek Police Department is calling it “one of the most gruesome child porn cases” he has ever seen. “There are some disturbing images of some very young children doing bad things,” Grafton told the Detroit Free Press on Jan. 21.
Benjamin Knight was arrested after allegedly sharing a video on his phone with another customer at Romantix, an adult products store, on Dec. 27.
Authorities seized Knight's phone and obtained a warrant to search his home in Eaton Rapids. They reportedly found images on his computers of children believed to be anywhere between 1 and 5 years old, along with some bestiality.
“After a time detectives had to shut it off and walk away,” Grafton said.
Knight was arraigned in Calhoun County District Court on Jan. 12. He was charged on multiple counts of using a computer to commit a crime, possession of child sexually abusive material and distribution of child sexually abusive activity.
The detective bureau is working with police in Eaton County and the Emmet Township Department of Public Safety in the investigation.
“What we have are computer crimes, but there is still an investigation going on involving other conduct,” prosecuting attorney David Gilbert said, noting that child pornography is a thriving industry.
“You can go to some sites and they will tell you where to go find babies,” Gilbert said. “And there are a lot of people who are interested in babies or small kids. There is a big network out there and there is money to be made.”
Investigators said they had no evidence that the photos were produced locally but Grafton said he had reason to believe Knight may have been planning to engage in illegal activity.
“But he made statements that he looked forward to doing things to other children,” Grafton said. “He typed or made statements that he had visions of doing it himself.
“It would be best if he would waive his preliminary exam, plead guilty and go away and just say he was in for murder.”
Knight remains in county jail with his bond was set at $250,000. He will appear before District Judge Frank Line on Monday and could be facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
Source: Detroit Free Press / Photo Credit: Battle Creek Police Department via Detroit Free Press