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Delton teenager arrested for child sexual abuse

A 19-year-old Delton man has been arrested on multiple charges pertaining to child sexual abuse, according to a statement released by the Michigan State Police on Wednesday.

Dakota Chilton is being charged with child sexually abusive activity, possession of child sexually abusive material, distributing or promoting child abusive commercial activity, and using computers to commit a crime.

The investigation was initiated when a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children tip was forwarded to the Fifth District Computer Crimes Unit, and detectives learned that Chilton possessed child sexual abusive material.

A search warrant was executed at Chilton’s home and digital evidence was seized. An interview of Chilton was also conducted during which digital evidence was seized. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Wayland Post assisted with the search warrant.

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit encourages parents to speak to their children about the safe use of the internet. There are many resources available to parents to assist in keeping children safe online. The NCMEC provides a comprehensive list of resources on their website at missingkids.org.

Information regarding possible child sexual exploitation can reported at the CyberTipLine at missingkids.org/cybertipline.

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