Ishpeming Man Arrested for Possession of Child Sexually Abusive Material

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ISHPEMING, MICH. The Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, has announced the arrest of Rodney Thomas Wallberg, 66 of Ishpeming, following an investigation into his online activity.

The investigation revealed Wallberg had been downloading child sexually abusive material at his residence.

Wallberg was arrested March 21 and is charged with five counts of child sexually abusive activity and five counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Each count of possession of child sexually abusive activity carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $100,000 fine. Each count of using a computer to commit a crime carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

ICAC worked closely with troopers from the MSP Negaunee Post and the Ishpeming Township Police Department.

The MSP Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet. There are many resources available to parents to assist in keeping children safe online. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at http://www.missingkids.org/cybertipline.

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