Saginaw man, 66, arrested on child pornography charges

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FILE - In light of the reported crimes, the MSP Computer Crimes Unit is encouraging parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet.

FILE - In light of the reported crimes, the MSP Computer Crimes Unit is encouraging parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet.

Midland Daily News

A Saginaw man is facing several felonies involving the possession of child pornography.

Scott Clements Ballien, 66, appeared in the 70th District Court on Sept. 7, where he was arraigned on one count of aggravated child sexually abusive activity, two counts of using a computer to commit a crime and one count of aggravated possession of child sexually abusive material. 

Ballien allegedly surrendered to the court following an investigation by the Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in which digital evidence was seized, according to the MSP in a press release issued Thursday. 

The investigation into Ballien began when authorities learned that he accessed files of child sexually abusive material on the internet.

Ballien is due back in court on Sept. 26, Saginaw County Court records showed.

Last month, the MSP announced the arrest of a 32-year-old Saginaw man in connection to the possession and distribution of child pornography after police learned he too was viewing files of child sexually abusive material on the internet.

In light of the reported crimes, the MSP Computer Crimes Unit is encouraging 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 MSP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force provides resources at Michiganicac.com.

Anyone with information regarding possible child sexual exploitation should report it to the CyberTipLine at missingkids.org/cybertipline.

The CyberTipLine, run by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, continues to help solve cases in Michigan.

For instance, authorities began investigating a Rogers City man after a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said he possessed child sexually abusive material. MSP searched his home and found more than 100 images of child sexually abusive material on his internet-capable devices. He is facing several felonies.