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A well-known spokesman for private companies and government agencies has been charged with possessing child pornography after police say they confiscated inappropriate images of children from his Shelby Township home.

Phil Frame, 61, former spokesman for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, Cobo Center and the Detroit International Bridge Co. has been charged with possessing child sexually abusive material. He was arraigned Monday in 41A District Court in Shelby Township and released from the Macomb County Jail after posting $10,000 bond.

Investigators for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that pornographic images of children had been uploaded to an IP address registered to Frame’s Shelby Township home, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said.

Detectives obtained a search warrant and on Friday searched the home on Scotland Boulevard, where Frame lived alone, police said.

“Detectives located and seized pornographic images of children both printed and electronic,” according to a Sheriff’s Office press release. “Marijuana was also located during the search.”

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office charged Frame with five counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, one count of using a computer to commit crime and a misdemeanor charge for possessing marijuana. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Wickersham told The Detroit News on Monday that Frame’s home had been searched in September by officers from the U.S Department of Homeland Security.

“They confiscated some things, but I don’t know the status of that investigation,” Wickersham said. “Obviously, that initial visit in September wasn’t enough to deter him from continuing the illegal activity.”

Frame hasn’t yet been charged with anything resulting from the September search warrant, Wickersham said.

“If someone comes to your house and does a search warrant, and there’s a possibility of criminal charges, you would think that behavior would stop,” Wickersham said. “Obviously, he didn’t think anything was going to happen to him, because he continued doing it.”

Frame is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 19.

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