Michigan AG Nessel Charges Roseville Man with Eight Felonies for Production, Possession and Distribution of Child Sexually Abusive Materials

Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney 517-335-7666
Agency: Attorney General

November 8, 2019

LANSING – A Roseville man was charged, arrested and arraigned on multiple felonies for the possession, production and distribution of Child Sexually Abusive Materials (CSAM) earlier this week, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced today.

Alishan Devon Harden, 23, was charged with the following:

  • Five felony counts of Possession of CSAM – punishable by up to four years in prison on each court;
  • One felony count of Distribution of CSAM – punishable by up to seven years in prison;
  • One felony count of Production of CSAM – punishable by up to 20 years in prison; and
  • One felony count of Using a Computer to Commit a Crime – punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In early 2018, the Michigan Department of Attorney General received a tip that CSAM was being distributed from an IP address located in Roseville, Michigan. A search warrant was obtained to trace back the IP address, which came back to a residence where Harden lived. A second search warrant was executed on the residence to obtain a laptop, during which Harden admitted to using the family laptop on a regular basis to download and share CSAM. The laptop and two cell phones were seized during the execution of the warrant and a forensic analysis of all devices was performed by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

“Our office will prosecute those who prey on Michigan’s children to the fullest extent of the law,” Nessel said. “I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Michigan State Police’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force for their continued partnership with our office and their actions to ensure Michigan’s children are protected and those who exploit them are brought to justice.”

A probable cause conference is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, and a preliminary exam has been scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 – both in the Roseville District Court. Bond was set at $15,000.  At this time, Harden is still in custody.

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