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IT owner arrested on child exploitation charges

Richard Eric Webb, owner of Zylatech, was arrested on child exploitation charges.

Richard Eric Webb, owner of Zylatech, was arrested on child exploitation charges.

A Cedar Springs business owner is in hot water after police allegedly found child sexually abusive material on his home computer.

According to D/Sgt. Chris Prevette, the Michigan State Police (MSP) Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of a Richard Webb, 44, of Nelson Township.

A search warrant was conducted at Webb’s residence, where he was found to be in possession of, and distributing, child sexually abusive material. He turned himself in on Thursday, Sept. 8, for video arraignment in 61st District Court in Grand Rapids.

Webb was charged with one count of distributing child sexually abusive material, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. Bond was set at $25,000. He was released on his own personal recognizance.

Webb is the owner/operator of Zylatech, an IT business based in Cedar Springs. The business provides service to the greater Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo areas.

According to D/Sgt. Prevette, clients of Zylatech shouldn’t have anything to worry about regarding their own computers. “We don’t have anything showing that he co-mingled his personal files with business files,” expained Prevette.

Prevette said that MSP initiated the investigation into Webb’s files, but couldn’t yet divulge what led them to suspect him.

A probable cause conference is scheduled for September 20 at 9 a.m., and a preliminary exam is scheduled for September 27 at 1:30 p.m., both in 61st District Court.

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