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Local parent tips off authorities to alleged Internet predator
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Local parent tips off authorities to alleged Internet predator

LEWISTON, ID - A 45-year-old Michigan man has been arraigned on multiple federal child pornography charges after the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office was contacted by the parent of a local 13-year-old child on January 29th. That child was allegedly being sent sexually explicit photos by Chad A. Cole of Holly, Michigan.

According to the Nez Perce County Sheriff's Office, an Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation found that Chad A. Cole of Holly, Michigan had been in contact with the minor between July 2012 and January 2013.

"Cole had been sending sexually explicit photos of himself to the minor and received sexually explicit photos and other communications from the minor as well. These sexually explicit photos were taken, received, and sent from a touch screen iPod. These iPod’s are usually used to listen to music or play games. These iPod devices can also be used to take pictures, receive pictures and get into chat rooms as long as the device has Wi-Fi capability," according to the news release.

Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the Holly Police Department and advised them of the case. With the information gathered by the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office, detectives there obtained a search warrant for Cole’s residence and gathered evidence from the residence.

Cole was interviewed by Detective J. Bemus and an Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations and during this interview Cole admitted to having inappropriate contact with at least 15 to 20 minors throughout the United States. Cole has been charged federally by the FBI. The charges are Production of Child Pornography, Knowing Receipt of Child Pornography, Knowing Possession of Child Pornography, and Transfer of Obscene Material to a Minor. 

Cole was previously convicted in July 2006 of a misdemeanor for Furnishing Obscenity to Children. Cole had successfully completed probation in that case and was not required to register as a sex offender from the previous conviction. 

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