Court docs: Sparta man admitted to sexual abuse of boys

Tyler Lowis faces criminal sexual conduct and child pornography charges

Tyler Lowis
Tyler Lowis' Nov. 14, 2016 mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Sparta man faces sex crime charges after allegedly admitting to having sexual contact with two underage boys, court documents show.

The Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force started investigating Tyler Lowis in August after getting a cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about child pornography. MSP traced the IP address involved to Lowis’ residence in Sparta.

They searched that residence Monday morning and found several video files of child porn, some of which were of Lowis and underage boys, according to the documents.

In an interview with detectives, Lowis allegedly admitted to engaging in sexual acts with the two boys since 2015. The alleged incidents happened at both Lowis’s and the victims’ homes. The documents say Lowis allegedly used his tablet to record videos of the explicit acts.

Lowis, 22, was charged Tuesday with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (punishable by up to life in prison), three counts of manufacturing child sexually abusive material (a 20-year felony) and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime (a 20-year felony).

News of Lowis’s arrest spread fast in Sparta, where Lowis was apparently involved in the community theater program. Sparta Area Schools released a letter saying the community theater will adopt a buddy system for adults and children so no child will be left alone with an adult at any time or place. Furthermore, any players and crew age 18 or older will be required to agree to a criminal background check.

–24 Hour News 8’s Sarah Hurwitz contributed to this report.