Michigan man pleads guilty to child porn involving Idaho minor

Michigan man pleads guilty to child porn involving Idaho minor
Michigan man pleads guilty to child porn involving Idaho minor

A 45-year-old Holly, Michigan man who was indicted for allegedly exchanging sexually explicit photos and videos with a 13-year-old Nez Perce County girl has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court. Chad Alan Cole, who is a former dispatcher and firefighter, will be sentenced January 9th for production of child pornography.

Cole was taken into custody and charged federally in February following an investigation that began in the Lewis-Clark Valley. On May 28th, a federal Grand Jury indicted him on four counts – production of child pornography, coercion and enticement, receipt of child pornography, and transfer of obscene matter to a minor. Counts two through four will be dropped.

The Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office was contacted on January 29th by a parent who said their daughter was in contact with Cole. An investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force found that Cole had been in contact with the girl between July of 2012 and January of this year; she was 12 when the contact began. Officials say Cole had been sending sexually explicit photos of himself to the girl and he received sexually explicit photos and other communications from her as well.

“These sexually explicit photos were taken, received, and sent from a touch screen I-POD. These I-POD’s are usually used to listen to music or play games. These I-POD devices can also be used to take pictures, receive pictures and get into chat rooms as long as the device has Wi-Fi capability,” according to a previous news release from the Nez Perce County Sheriff’s Office.

According to federal documents, the girl used Skype video conferencing with Cole and the two of them took part in sexual activities using this technology. The documents also state that Cole felt guilty about the contact and allegedly emailed the girl’s mother at one point “expressing his desire to help pay for her counseling.”

During an initial interview with a Holly, Michigan detective and an FBI agent, Cole admitted to having inappropriate contact with at least 15 to 20 minors throughout the United States. He was previously convicted in July 2006 of a misdemeanor for furnishing obscenity to children and had successfully completed probation in that case; Cole was not required to register as a sex offender from the previous conviction.