Michigan

Trooper wants confession in child porn case tossed

WHITE CLOUD, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan State Police trooper charged with possessing and distributing child pornography is asking a judge to throw out his confession.

Devin Wilson was charged in May 2018 after investigators from his own department’s computer crimes unit started looking into his activities. Police say they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

On Tuesday afternoon, Wilson appeared in Newaygo County Circuit Court for a motion hearing during which he asked the judge to throw out his confession, arguing it should not be admitted as evidence.

The judge ordered an evidentiary hearing scheduled on the matter. The prosecutor told the court she was prepared to call six witnesses to testify. Wilson’s defense attorney David Dodge said he was prepared to call two witnesses.

It wasn’t immediately clear on what grounds Wilson was challenging the confession’s admissibility. Prosecutors say police read Wilson his Miranda Rights before he agreed to speak with officers.

A lawyer from the Michigan attorney general’s office is handling the prosecution of the case because of Wilson’s position as a trooper.

After his arrest, Wilson was placed on unpaid suspension while the case moved through the court system.


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