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Farmington – A 40-year-old Farmington Hills man was charged Tuesday with possession of child pornography, according to a news release from State Attorney General Bill Schuette.

Jeremiah Moore appeared before Farmington 47th District Judge Marla Parker on 20 counts of possession of child sexually abusive material and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

The offenses are felonies, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines. Moore is a repeat offender who is on probation for a 2015 conviction and faces sentence enhancement as a habitual offender, fourth degree, if convicted.

“As a prosecutor, and as a father, cases involving sexual abuse of a child are some of the most challenging,” said Schuette. “The allegations in this case are disturbing, and I am determined to put a stop to the continued exploitation of children.”

Parker set a $500,000 bond for Moore with several conditions, including pretrial supervision and no possession of computers or any devices with internet capability; no contact with persons under the age of 17; no possession of sexually stimulating materials; and a requirement to keep at least 1,000 feet from any school or day care facility where children are present. He also is forbidden to use alcohol or drugs.

Schuette said his office became aware of Moore’s alleged activity in January under a program called Nighthawk, used to check on whether registered sex offenders like Moore are violating terms of their probation or parole.

Nighthawk is led by the Michigan Department of Corrections and assisted by a Michigan State Police task force investigating internet crimes against children.

Schuette said during a compliance check by the task force, “multiple videos and hundreds of photos” of child sexually abusive material were found on electronic devices in Moore’s Farmington Hills home.

mmartindale@detroitnews.com

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