Forsyth man arrested for child pornography

MARQUETTE – Ten felony counts of criminal sexual conduct have been added to an existing case against a Forsyth Township man arrested on Friday, according to a press release from the Forsyth Township Police Department.

Cory Steven Pierce, 52, is charged with five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, a felony punishable by four years and/or $10,000; and five counts of using a computer to commit a crime, a felony of four years and/or $5,000, according to the release.

Bond was set at $500,000.

Pierce was already lodged at the time of his arrest at the Marquette County Jail on the charge of Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd degree with a person under 13 for an earlier investigation conducted by the police department, according to the release.

While arresting Pierce July 27 on the earlier charge, officers obtained computer equipment from his home, which led the department to obtain a search warrant to go into Pierce’s home at a later date and seize additional computers and digital storage devices.

The equipment was analyzed at the Michigan State Police’s 8th District Computer Crime Unit by state troopers and Forsyth Township police.

The results of those examinations were turned over to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office, which authorized the charges.

Pierce was arraigned in Marquette County District Court Monday. A probable cause conference is scheduled for Oct. 25 and a preliminary hearing for Oct. 31.

Forsyth Police were assisted by the Michigan State Police and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.