Houghton County Man Sentenced to Prison in Marquette Federal Court

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Houghton County man sentenced to prison for possession of child pornographyMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A Houghton County man has been sentenced to prison for possession of child pornography.

68-year-old Rex Sweitz, Jr. of Laurium was sentenced in Federal Court in Marquette to 3 years in federal prison for possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Sweitz was also ordered to serve five years of supervised release and to pay a $100 special assessment.  Sweitz is also required to register as a sexual offender.

On May 10, Sweitz pleaded guilty to one count of a federal indictment charging him with possession of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  The charge stemmed from an investigation that began in December 2010 after Sweitz brought his computer to a repair shop.  A computer tech working on the computer repair noticed a file with a name suggesting it was child porn, and the repair shop contacted the Michigan State Police.

A search warrant was executed at Sweitz’s residence and a forensic examination of a seized hard drive and thumb drive revealed videos and images of child pornography.

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