Lansing police officer arrested during child sex sting

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UPDATE: 5:12 PM

The Shiawassee Human Oppression Team released the following statement on the arrests.

On August 8th, S.H.O.T. (Shiawassee Human Oppression Team) conducted a sex sting operation that resulted in the arrest of five individuals. The arrested individuals all engaged in a sexual conversation with whom they believed to be a 15 year old female (except in one case where one of the individuals thought he was chatting with a 15 year old boy). All five subjects were arrested after they traveled to the location of the undercover operation to meet for sexual acts. All five men face charges of Child Sexual Abusive Activity, Accosting a Minor Child for Immoral Purposes and Using the Internet to Commit a Crime. Fielder faces an additional charge of Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony after he showed up armed with his personal handgun. Yesterday, all five men were arraigned in 66th District Court. Fielder, Schneider and Mulanix each received a $20,000 bond, respectively. Adcock and Chester both received a $15,000 bond.

S.H.O.T. is a multi-jurisdictional team comprised of Law Enforcement professionals from the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, Owosso and Perry Police Departments, Shiawassee County Central Dispatch, Shiawassee County Emergency Management, Shiawassee County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI. P

UPDATE: Four other individuals have been charged in connection to this case.

Nathan Matthew Schneider of Owosso has been charged with child sexually abusive commercial activity, children-accosting for immoral purposes, and using computers to commit a crime.

Corey James Mulanix of Linden has also been charged with child sexually abusive commercial activity, children-accosting for immoral purposes, and using computers to commit a crime.

Zackary Douglas Adock of Lansing has also been charged with child sexually abusive commercial activity, children-accosting for immoral purposes, and using computers to commit a crime.

Thomas Chester of Haslett has also been charged with child sexually abusive commercial activity, children-accosting for immoral purposes, and using computers to commit a crime.

LANSING. Mich. (WLNS)– A Lansing Police Officer now faces child pornography charges in Shiawassee County, following his arrest earlier this week.

According to the filing document from the 66th District Court, Benjamin Fielder is charged with four felonies, including:

  • Child Sexually Abusive Commercial Activity
  • Children-Accosting For Immoral Purposes
  • Using A Computer to Commit A Crime
  • Felony Firearm

Fielder was put on unpaid leave after Interim Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee was notified of his arrest.

“The recent news is disappointing and frustrating, I hold my staff to the highest professional standards. I will not tolerate any employee misconduct and will take appropriate action if the allegations are confirmed”, said Chief Sosebee in a press release.

An internal LPD investigation will be conducted alongside the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s criminal investigation.

Fielder has worked for the department for 3 years.

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