A LaPorte man has
been charged with transportation of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office for the Northern District of Indiana said.
The man has been
identified as Michael Christianson, 50.
complaint alleges that on or about July 2, 2019, FBI Agents from the
Charlotte Division responded to a complaint by a book publisher about
material contained inside three books submitted for publication and authored
by Mr. Christianson,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. “The lead was
distributed to Indiana FBI agents. The books appear to be geared toward
children as they use large fonts, simple words, and most of the sentences
rhyme. The books explain and show images of the body parts of boys and
girls, encourage and show images of children playing naked with one another,
and encourage and show images of naked children playing with adults,
including naked adults.”
“The forms of
‘play’ encouraged by the books include hand to genital and genital to
genital contact,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office noted. “The photographs and
illustrations in the books include depictions of minor children being caused
to lasciviously display their genitals or otherwise engage in sexually
convicted of child molesting in 2002 and was sentenced to serve 30 years in
prison and register as sexually violent predator for the rest of his life.
He was released from prison in 2016 and was still on probation at the time
of the newly charged offense.
“Any members of the
public who have information regarding any contact Mr. Christianson has had
with minor children are encouraged to call the FBI at (219) 942-4900,” the
U.S. Attorney’s Office said.