Investigation leads to arrest for possession of child pornography

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office 

For approximately the past six months, detectives with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office have been investigating Michal Wills. The detectives division received a tip from Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) regarding Michael Wills possibly possessing and distributing child pornography.  During the investigation detectives were able to confirm Wills was the person involved.

On January 14, 2020 detectives contacted Wills at his residence. Wills was interviewed, and a search warrant was later served at his residence. During the search warrant detectives seized various electronic devices belonging to Wills. A search warrant to analyze the electronic devices was later granted, and a forensic examination of the electronic devices revealed Wills was in possession of images of child pornography.  

Wills was contacted again on January 21, 2020 and interviewed regarding the evidence located on his electronic devices. It was learned during the investigation that Wills possessed and distributed sexually explicit images of children. Wills was arrested and lodged in the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office adult jail on the above mentioned charges.

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program is a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 4,500 federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.

This investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with six K9 teams.

Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.


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