04/27/2017

FCSO Investigation Leads to Arrest of Massachusetts Man

FAULKNER COUNTY, A.R. -- On January of 2017, one of Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Investigator's undercover identities were contacted by an unknown person regarding sexual contact with underage children.

 An undercover FCSO Investigator communicated with the suspect who stated he resided in Massachusetts but was interested in traveling to Arkansas for the purpose of sexual contact with an underage child.

In mid-April of 2017, the suspect stated he had recently had sexual contact with a 3 year old female that he described as a family member. The suspect provided photos of the sexual contact and stated he possessed additional photographs of the encounter.

The Investigator then made contact with the FBI in Little Rock, who then forwarded the case to the FBI offices located in New York and Massachusetts. A joint investigation was opened and approximately 48 hours later an arrest warrant/search warrant was served at a residence in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Following the execution of the search warrant, Michael McCann, age 30 of Haverhill, Massachusetts was arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child. The investigation is on-going.

 

 
 
 
 

HERKIMER, N.Y. -- A Massachusetts man has been charged with sodomizing a 3-year-old Herkimer County girl he was babysitting then distributing photos of the abuse over the internet.

Michael McCann, 30, of Haverhill, Mass., was charged Monday with sexual exploitation of a child after state troopers and FBI agents tracked child pornography to his username on a website for people interested in bondage, domination and sado-masochism, according to an affidavit from FBI Special Agent David Frehulfer.

An undercover FBI task force agent operating out of Little Rock, Ark., began communicating in January with McCann over the website, the affidavit said. McCann admitted in the online chat on April 16 that he'd taken "good pics" of a child that day, the affidavit said.

Two days later, McCann sent the undercover agent a photo of himself with a sexually explicit photo of a 3-year-old girl, the affidavit said. McCann told the agent that he was babysitting the girl for the weekend, the agent wrote.

The girl's mother confirmed to investigators that McCann was allowed to babysit the child, the affidavit said.

When investigators executed a search warrant of McCann's home and vehicle, he admitted that he'd distributed the sexually explicit photo of the girl, the affidavit said.

By John O'Brien | jobrien@syracuse.com