Frank Borge Fell III, 72, of Linden has two unrelated court cases involving child pornography in Genesee County, and both have been bound over to circuit court for a jury trial.
One court case dates back to June 29, 2017 with Argentine Township Police Department being the arresting police agency.
The second court case dates back to Feb. 7, 2018 with the Michigan State Police-Flint Post (MSP) being the arresting police agency.
With the case investigated by MSP Computer Crimes Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Fell was arraigned April 16 in Genesee County on five felony counts of child sexually abusive activity, 10 felony counts of using a computer to commit the crime, and five felony counts of possessing child sexually abusive material.
During a hearing April 30, Fell’s case was bound over to Genesee County Circuit Court for a jury trial. A cash bond of $20,000 was ordered.
Lt. David Vergison of the MSP said their case is completely separate from Argentine Township’s case. Vergison said there have been no allegations of assault toward Fell.
Vergison said MSP’s investigation was prompted by a lead found by an investigator. This led to the identity of an IP address of a certain computer, which led investigators to an address in Linden. Vergison said Fell allegedly downloaded child pornography onto his computers.
After a search of Fell’s home and a forensic search on multiple computers in his home, he was arrested.
With the court case investigated by Argentine Township police, Fell was arraigned March 21 with five felony counts of possessing child sexually abusive material and five felony counts of using a computer to commit the crime. A bond of $10,000 was ordered on each of the 10 counts.
This case also was bound over to circuit court April 30 for a jury trial.
Argentine Township Police Chief Daniel Allen said his police department charged Fell with downloading child porn on his personal computer after police became aware of the allegations. The chief could not elaborate any further.
No new court dates have been scheduled.