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 children." 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 a.m. 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.
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