Although his case was dismissed in district court, a 45-year-old Macomb Township man is now expected to face federal prosecution for allegedly possessing child pornography, in one instance showing a victim as young as 6 years old.
Daniel Joseph Morris was originally arraigned in the 41-A District Court of Shelby Township on 10 counts of child pornography possession and one count of use of a computer communicating with another to commit a crime.
The county prosecutor dismissed the charges without prejudice on Monday to allow federal prosecutors to bring their own charges against Morris. It is unknown at this time what the new charges will be.
On July 14, detectives from the Macomb Area Computer Enforcement team were notified that a Macomb County sheriff’s deputy was taking a report from two individuals who said they had been living with Morris for the last two weeks.
The individuals told police Morris had given them full access to a home in Macomb Township, where they saw a video depicting child pornography involving a victim as young as 6 years old. They also reported seeing images on Morris' home computer, according to police. Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said detectives do not believe Morris was involved in the creation of this pornographic material.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the residence in Macomb Township, where they seized a computer and related material.
Morris was arrested at his place of employment on July 14, according to Wickersham. Morris was previously convicted for Criminal Sexual Conduct, first degree, in 1990.