Suspect facing multiple felonies after Battle Creek child porn arrest

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Benjamin Knight

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. -- An Eaton County man who was arrested in Battle Creek is now facing eight felony charges related to child pornography.

According to Major Jim Grafton with Battle Creek Police, 28-year-old Benjamin Knight allegedly showed a child porn video to another person in an adult store around Christmas time last year.

When police started investigating him, Grafton said they discovered incredibly disturbing videos, so disturbing  that even veteran investigators had to walk away from the monitors.

"This is one of the most gruesome cases and disturbing case that I've ever seen," Grafton said.

He said the victims range in age from infancy to 5 years old. Grafton said officers search Knight's cell phone and his computer at his Eaton Rapids home.

On the devices, Grafton said police found "portraits of bestiality. There were chatrooms where he indicated that he had visions of potentially doing this. Again, really disturbing videos that ultimately we believe that he also distributed."

Knight is currently being held in the Calhoun County Jail, and more charges could follow.

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  • Commander Straker

    This guy is guilty of totally inappropriate behavior. As an adult he should know better.

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    Anyone who takes away the INNOCENCE of a child is wrong. A childhood should be filled with love, caring, respect, and above all; INNOCENCE.
    – Adults should act like ADULTS.
    – An adult does not pose a child in a provocative way to be photographed.
    – An adult does not spy on a child and photograph or videotape them secretly.
    – An adult does not go online to lure, tempt, seduce, or stalk a child.
    – An adult does not inveigle a child to come with them and leave their home space.
    – An adult does not do anything sexual with a child.
    – An adult does not confuse a child about what love is. This also applies to sons, daughters, stepsons, stepdaughters, nieces, nephews, grandsons, granddaughters, or ANY child. {A child (also called a minor) is anyone under 18 years old}.

    – Photographing or videotaping any minor being sexual VIOLATES that minor and produces “CHILD ABUSE IMAGERY” (formerly known as child porn).
    – “Child abuse imagery” is evidence of a CRIME.
    – VIEWING the crime is a CRIME.
    – And viewing the crime RE-violates that child.
    – And SHARING the crime is a CRIME.
    – And SHARING the crime RE-violates that child.
    – Even VIEWING a “sexual selfie” of a minor is a CRIME. (photos AND videos)
    – And viewing the crime RE-violates that child.
    – And SHARING the crime is a CRIME.
    – And SHARING the crime RE-violates that child.

    You DON’T have the RIGHT to violate the privacy, chastity, and dignity of a child.

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    I am old and wise. I am retired and a philanthropist. I hope and pray to reach the conscience of the pedophile out there… Our desires don’t force us to act. We are free to choose our own course of action… Maybe I can prevent a child from being exploited or even sexually assaulted today. I wrote this methodized and perspicuous comment about crime because I am taking different things that people in law enforcement have said about this scourge, and I am using my English degree to spell it out from beginning to end, so those few bad apples can read it. If I can save one child, I have done a good deed. :-)

    I hope this is posted on the wall of every police station, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Australian Federal Police (AFP), Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), United States Marshals Service (USMS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), United States Secret Service (USSS), the European Police Office (Europol), and the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO or INTERPOL).