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Posted on Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 7:52 a.m.

Former Ann Arbor area bouncer sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography

By Lee Higgins

A former Ann Arbor area bouncer who admitted he downloaded child pornography was sentenced Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Detroit to five years in prison.

Michael A. Robertson, 43, of Whitmore Lake, pleaded guilty March 10 to receiving child pornography, federal court records show. Robertson also worked as a piano instructor for children in the Whitmore Lake and Ann Arbor areas, a federal affidavit says.


Michael A. Robertson

U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson ordered that Robertson’s prison term be followed by five years of supervised release.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were led to Robertson after German authorities launched a probe in July 2008 into a peer-to-peer file sharing network being used to trade child porn, records show.

Agents executed a search warrant on Aug. 4, 2009 at Robertson's home on Garfield Drive, seizing his computer and other items, records show.

Investigators recovered roughly 360 images and 73 videos of child pornography, according to an affidavit filed by ICE Special Agent Renaldo Franklin.

Some movies showed children "as young as 4 years old involved in sexual intercourse with other children and with adults," the affidavit says.

Robertson told investigators he viewed child porn about once a week, the affidavit says.

According to the affidavit, Robertson admitted to obtaining child porn over the Internet for "one to two years."

Brian Moskowitz, the special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit, said the agency is "dedicated to protecting our children and neighborhoods from sexual predators."

"We will continue to aggressively pursue and hold accountable individuals involved in this vile behavior," he said.

Lee Higgins covers crime and courts for He can be reached by phone at (734) 623-2527 and e-mail at



Fri, Aug 27, 2010 : 3:46 p.m.

The guy's obviously got problems....but 5 YEARS in prison for looking at pictures? You've gotta be kidding me.

Chris 8 - YPSI PRIDE

Sat, May 7, 2011 : 4:26 a.m.

Anyone that even thinks of a child in sexual way is breaking the law. In other words someday there will be police on every corner watching to see who looks at a child and that will give him/her reasonable cause to stick a mind reading machine against the head of the perp and arrest him or her for thinking a 14 or 13 year old has a hot butt and what he/she wants to do to it. These days are coming my friend. If you do a little digginf in to the well know well publicized sexual predator site, you will find many people were force to register simply because they took a bathroom break against a tree, Probably guilty of nothing but being drunk and stupid, but their lives are ruined with these sites. I have a friend who wound up on one that way. Alot more discretion needs to be done before permanently ruining someones life for something so stupid. I am in no way advocating predators, but I see no point in ruining someones life for taking a wizz.


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 2:44 p.m.

This guy was a bartender at some local establishments too. Just disgusting.


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 2:14 p.m.

"Former Ann Arbor bouncer"????stupid headline...why not be real and say "Former piano instructor for children"?


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 9:16 a.m.

its andrew zimmern from the travel channel


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 8:33 a.m.

What a pervert, plenty of legal porn to view on the internet if one is so inclined. What is wrong with people, doesn't this guy have kids or nieces and newphews?


Thu, Aug 26, 2010 : 7:38 a.m.

Maybe federal prosecution is the key to consistency in sentencing for this crime -- although five years still seems lenient, considering the nature of the crime. State or local judges often temper sentences with their belief that trading in child pornography is a "victimless crime" -- which of course is nonsense.