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Detroit – A modeling agency owner charged with child pornography and accused of using juvenile sex-trafficking victims as models is expected to plead guilty in a deal with federal prosecutors, according to a court filing Monday.

Ryan Ulman, 28, of Livonia was charged with receiving child pornography Monday in a criminal information, which means a guilty plea is expected.

Ulman was charged four months after FBI agents raided his home and uncovered evidence Ulman possessed and received child pornography, according to federal court records. Ulman is being held without bond on charges that carry penalties of up to 20 years in federal prison.

Ulman’s lawyers could not be reached for comment immediately Monday.

The case dates to winter 2016, when the FBI launched an investigation involving the production of methamphetamines by a Flint gang, the Spanish Cobras, prosecutors allege.

During the investigation, agents interviewed juvenile sex-trafficking victims who were addicted to heroin and meth in Owosso, 29 miles west of Flint.

Interviews led investigators to Ulman, who operated an agency that used as models some of the juvenile sex-trafficking victims, according to the FBI.

Ulman did not appear to be involved with the child prostitution operation but he was using the modeling agency to entice underage girls to send intimate photos, according to court records.

Ulman said he was interested in child pornography and had looked at hundreds of images after searching online for pictures of “pre-teen models,” court records indicate.

“Ulman’s preference is girls 13 years old and up,” an FBI agent wrote in a court filing. “Ulman stated that he used to print out images of child pornography, masturbate to them and destroy them, but he has not done this in ... some time.”

FBI agents found images of child erotica and at least one image of child pornography in Ulman’s basement bedroom, according to the criminal complaint.

Ulman’s modeling agency, Instinct Entertainment, worked with models age 13-50, according to the agency’s website.

The agency specialized in runway, fashion, lingerie, fully nude modeling “(18+ only) and more.”

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