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      More charges expected for child porn suspect

      A Cheboygan County man is locked up tonight, accused of producing child porn, having it in his possession, and criminal sexual assault.

      So far, the sheriff says there's one known victim but there could be more.

      Sheriff Dale Clarmont says this is one of the worst cases he's seen in the county in quite a while.

      55 year-old Jerrold Craig Alexander faces eight counts of sex crimes, including assault against a victim younger than 13, possession of child pornography, and most disturbing, producing child porn involving a local girl.

      ??This is one of those cases where it's a total shame, not only the perpetrator and what he's done, and who he's done it to, but once again, a child is the victim of one of these horrendous crimes," says Cheboygan County Sheriff Dale Clarmont.

      Clarmont calls this case one of the more shocking he's dealt with and he gives credit to someone close to Alexander for blowing the whistle.

      According to the affidavit, the investigation began because of Jerrold's roommate on Mackinac Island, where Jerrald works as an electrician. His roommate had a headache one day, Jerrold was off the island, his roommate went to look for aspirin, he found the aspirin bottle, inside, there weren't any pills, there were two jump drives. He plugged on of the jump drives in, and that's when everything started to unravel."

      ??The individual inadvertently opened the file, saw what he thought was child pornography, and reported it," explains Clarmont.

      And the investigation immediately became a priority case for Clarmont's office.

      Sheriff's deputies obtained search warrants to go inside both of Alexander??s residences. They recovered everything that could have contained evidence, including computers, jump drives, so on and so forth. When they got back, they found it wasn't just him producing, he also had several files from other places."

      Right now, a computer forensics officer in Charlevoix County is scouring through the hard drives trying to find any other evidence.

      ??At this time, we don't know if there are other victims or not, we know for certain there's one victim, we just don't know what else we're going to find," says Clarmont.

      Clarmont wants parents whose children may have come in contact with Alexander to call the Cheboygan County Sheriffs Office.

      Alexander??s arraignment is set for Wednesday in Cheboygan County District Court.

      Clarmont says the increased education of sex crimes helped land this alleged suspect in jail, and if there's ever any indication of questionable behavior, people should come forward.

      The Sheriffs Department says Alexander worked and lived on Mackinac Island during the winter and also had a residence in Cheboygan County.

      His allegations include four CSC 2nd degree charges, 3 counts of manufacturing and producing child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography.

      Alexander could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.