Probationer faces multiple child porn charges

Eric Masters. (July 2, 2014)
Eric Masters. (July 2, 2014)

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) — A man on probation for sexual assault also faces several federal charges for allegedly making and distributing child pornography.

Eric Masters faces five counts of sexual exploitation of a child and two more counts of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a child.

Masters allegedly produced sexually explicit images of children and emailed them over the Internet, a federal indictment says. He allegedly produced the pornography between 2011 and 2013 in Grand Traverse, Ionia, Kent, Mackinac and Muskegon counties.

According to the indictment, authorities confiscated a cellphone, SD card and laptop from Masters in connection to the charges.

Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan State Police records show Masters was sentenced to five years probation in May after pleading no contest to a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge stemming from a 2013 incident.

MSP records show Masters is being held on a $250,000 bond at the Muskegon County Jail on a charge of third-degree CSC with a person between the ages of 13 and 15. It’s unclear whether that charge is related to the federal charges.

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