Michigan State Police from the Mount Pleasant Post report officials learned 41-year-old Jason Neil Shannon, of Sheridan Township, had been trading child sexually explicit materials with another man in Kansas. Department of Homeland Security agents and Wichita Police Department investigators conducted an investigation in Kansas, which led to the development of Shannon as a suspect. Shannon is a registered sex offender in Michigan.
Officials’ next step was to serve a search warrant at Shannon’s home, during which computers and equipment used in the downloading and distribution of sexually abusive material were seized.
Officials later discovered Shannon and his female companion, Crystal Little, 32, also of Sheridan Township, might have been sexually assaulting a child. Both subsequently confessed to investigators, a media release states.
Tuesday, a warrant listing 27 felony counts was issued by Clare County Prosecutor Michelle Ambrozaitis against Shannon in the 80th District Court. The charges include criminal sexual conduct, child sexually abusive activities, using a computer in the commission of a felony, providing sexually explicit material to a minor, sex offender registration violation, a habitual offender status and weapons offenses.
Little faces charges of criminal sexual conduct, providing sexually explicit material to a minor, and aiding and abetting.
Shannon and Little were arrested without incident Tuesday, and remain in the Clare County Jail.
Each was arraigned in the 80th District Court today. Shannon’s bond is set at $1 million. Little’s bond was set at $100,000.
Also involved in the investigation were the Michigan State Police Sixth District Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and the Clare County Sheriff’s Office.
I'm thinking, he's not going to molest another child for a long time. I love the lack of tolerance of American judges for child sex abuse - no 'slap on the wrist' sentencing; pedophiles are often removed from society for the rest of their lives. Thank God! I wish it were so in other countries.