The United States Attorney’s Office in Detroit announced Wednesday that a Lansing man was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for manufacturing and receiving child pornography.
After a five-day trial last October, Michael McShan, 28, was convicted guilty on multiple counts. According to federal officials, the jury deliberated for about one hour.
According to the statement, evidence produced during the trial revealed that McShan met a 16-year-old girl on the “MeetMe” social networking platform in December 2018 and began talking with her via Snapchat, cellphone calls, and text messages.
According to investigators, the man “soon developed an abusive and sexual relationship” with the teen.
Officials said he convinced her to “create photographs and films of herself and another underage female victim… participating in sexually explicit conduct.”
According to a criminal complaint filed in March 2020, the other victim was the teen’s younger sister.
McShan “grew increasingly domineering over (the victim) over a few months,” officials said Wednesday. “McShan used flattery, threats, and guilt to pressure and lure (the girl) into continuing to send him sexually explicit images and videos, as well as money.”
According to authorities, McShan also instructed his then-girlfriend to draught a phony confession to the charges to be released on bond until his trial.
“McShan’s heinous activities highlight the necessity of talking with your children about the perils of interacting with strangers online,” stated James C. Harris III, acting special agent in charge of the HSI Detroit. “Our agents, together with our Border Patrol and DHS colleagues, are committed to bringing predators like McShan to justice and providing treatment and assistance to the victims of these crimes,” said the statement.
McShan was found guilty of child pornography creation, attempted child pornography production, child pornography reception, pressure and inducement of a juvenile, and obstruction of justice.
According to federal officials, he will be placed on supervised release for the rest of his life after his release.
U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison stated, “Protecting children from dangerous child predators is a key concern for our office.” “I applaud our law enforcement colleagues’ devotion and hard work in investigating and prosecuting crimes against minors.”
HSI and US Border Patrol agents assigned to the DHS Alliance Human Trafficking Task Force examined the case.
R. Alan Booth, chief patrol agent, Detroit Sector Border Patrol, said, “I’m incredibly proud of the joint effort between Border Patrol agents and HSI agents that led to the conviction of this man who perpetrated horrible acts.”
McLean’s attorney, David Burgess, requested a 15-year sentence in a filing last week.
McShan is a character in the film McShan “Even though he has no prior felony convictions, he has a history of physically abusing the women in his life. Before this instance, he had never been charged or even suspected of any sexual offenses “Burgess explained. “On any of the several devices confiscated in this case, there was no cache of child pornography. None of Mr. McShan’s gadgets were able to recover the one video presented in this case.”
Burgess pointed out that his client has been in custody for more than two years, giving him “the appropriate time to not only properly reflect on his previous actions, but also to create the appropriate philosophy on how to conduct his life in the future to avoid this conduct occurring again,” according to Burgess.