LANSING, Mich., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox
announced today the arrest of two Michigan men, including a Linden high school
science teacher, for using the Internet to commit child sexual abuse.
"It is imperative that we stop sexual predators before they harm a child,"
Cox said. "By turning the secrecy of the Internet against these dangerous
criminals, my undercover investigators are making Michigan safer for our
Attorney General investigators arrested Linden Community Schools science
teacher and Westland resident Michael Lee Phillips, 28, in Southfield on March
31. Phillips was charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity
and one count of using a computer to commit a crime, both 20-year felonies.
Arraigned April 1 in 46 District Court, Phillips received a $25,000 cash or
surety bond and his preliminary examination is scheduled for April 6 at 8:30
Investigators also arrested James Barter Johnson, 53, of Midland on March
31 in Lyon Township. Johnson was charged with two counts of child sexually
abusive activity and two counts of using a computer to commit a crime, both
20-year felonies, and five counts of using a computer to disseminate sexually
explicit material to children, a four-year felony. Arraigned April 1 in 52-1
District Court, Johnson received a $10,000/10 percent bond and his preliminary
examination is scheduled for April 6 at 9:15 a.m.
Since its restructuring, Cox's Child and Public Protection Unit has
arrested 29 Internet sexual predators. Attorney General Cox encourages
parents to visit http://www.michigan.gov/ag for tips on safe Internet usage
for children. Citizens can also report suspected Internet child predators via
the Report Internet Abuses Against Children link, or by calling the Child and
Public Protection Unit at (734) 525-4151.
SOURCE Michigan Attorney General