Mark Alan McCormick, 36, of Brighton was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced on Dec. 12, 2019.
U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Leitman imposed sentence on Mark McCormick following his guilty plea to distribution of child pornography. Leitman also sentenced McCormick to 10 years of federal supervised release following his term of incarceration.
According to court records, McCormick joined online chat groups and exchanged child pornography with others using the Kik phone application. After executing a search warrant at McCormick’s Brighton home, law enforcement agents discovered over 8,500 child-pornographic images and about 150 child-pornographic videos on six of McCormick’s electronic devices.
McCormick also solicited minors from other states to create and send him child-pornographic images over the internet. At a McDonalds, McCormick preyed on a 7-year-old girl by capturing a child-pornographic image of her on the playscape. When distributing this image of her, he called it “a trophy.”
The investigation was conducted by the FBI, with assistance from the Michigan State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Blaine Longsworth.