Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Father, adult son arrested for child pornography (Caledonia, Michigan)

Why children don't "need" a father, and may in fact be better off without contact.

Dad is identified as TIMOTHY ROBERT GUILFOYLE.

Dad, son charged in Kent County child pornography case

John Hogan, WZZM 6:36 p.m. EST January 7, 2015

CALEDONIA, Mich. (WZZM) – For more than three years, a Kent County man has been under investigation for trading child pornography, based on computer activity monitored by Homeland Security investigators.

Agents say the account holder, 65-year-old Timothy Robert Guilfoyle, was in cahoots with his 21-year-old son, Sean Michael Guilfoyle.

The pair this week were ordered to stand trial on child sexually abusive activity that could put them behind bars for 20 years. #Sean Guilfoyle may have it worse than his father: he pleaded guilty last fall to child pornography charges stemming from a separate investigation in Caledonia.

He's scheduled to be sentenced next week in Kent County Circuit Court for child sexually abusive commercial activity. Investigators say he posted to Facebook a topless image of a 16-year-old. The girl used to date his brother's girlfriend, court records show.

The younger Guilfoyle told the teen he was battling an addiction to child pornography, court records show. After his October arrest, Kent County detectives found at his Caledonia home several thumb drives containing images of naked children and children engaged in sex acts, court records show.

Timothy Guilfoyle, who lives on Grand Rapids' northwest side, has been under investigation since Aug. 2011, when Homeland Security agents signed into an undercover account and discovered child porn being offered by a subject with the screen name Windsage22.

The user was sharing more than 262 images of child pornography, court records show. The account was later linked to the Guilfoyles.

Father and son admitted to downloading, viewing and sharing child pornography on the Internet, according to a probable cause affidavit in Kent County Circuit Court.

Timothy Guilfoyle was arrested Dec. 23 and charged with four counts of child sexually abusive criminal activity and four counts of using a computer to commit a crime. The offenses are punishable by 20 years in prison. He's being held in the Kent County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

Sean Guilfoyle is charged with one count of each offense. He's been in the Kent County Jail since October, when he was arrested in the case involving the 16-year-old victim.