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Man gets prison time for child porn

HOUGHTON — A Hancock man was sentenced to up to four years in prison for possessing child pornography in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday.

Michael Schreiber, 34, was sentenced to 18 months to four years for three counts of possessing child sexually abusive material; 18 months to two years for surveilling an unclothed person; and 18 months to 42 months for attempting to use a computer to commit a crime.

Schreiber pleaded guilty to the charges in August. In exchange, five other counts were dropped, including a 20-year count of child sexually abusive activity.

Schreiber was arrested in June after a multi-agency investigation. The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force collaborated with officers from Michigan Technological University, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and the Hancock Police Department. He had been downloading and distributing sexually abusive material at his home since the previous October, the MSP said in June.

In a letter to the court, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church pastor Bucky Beach said Schreiber had been attending meetings for sexual addiction twice a week. He said Schreiber had also checked to see which reading and writing material he could bring to the jail, so he could make the best use of his time.

“I believe he honestly desires and intends to make the best of this situation in a mature way,” he said.

Schreiber received credit for 48 days served.

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