Marquette man arrested for child sexually abusive activity
MARQUETTE — Thomas Charles Raymus, 37, of Marquette has been arrested on two charges related to child pornography, the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force announced Wednesday.
Raymus was arraigned in the 96th District Court in Marquette Thursday. He has been charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. If he is convicted, Raymus could face up to 40 years in prison, as each charge carries a possible 20-year sentence.
Authorities began to investigate Raymus after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, police said. After a search of his residence, authorities said they seized multiple internet-capable devices with assistance from the Marquette Police Department. Police say that the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be added.
The Michigan State Police is in encouraging parents to communicate with their children about safely using the internet.
The NCMEC has a list of several resources on its website to keep kids safe online and can be viewed at www.missingkids.org. The ICAC taskforce has online resources available at www.michiganicac.com
Anyone with information about a child who is potentially being sexually exploited can report it to the CyberTipLine at www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.