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Royal Oak man, 58, faces child pornography charges

Date: January 28, 2008

A 58-year-old Royal Oak man faces preliminary examination Jan. 28 on child pornography charges after images of children performing sex acts on adults were found on his computer while in a Clawson store for repair, according to police officials.

George Thomas McFaul was arrested Jan. 16 and charged with one count of using a computer to commit a crime, a seven-year felony, and one count of possession of child sexually abusive material, a four-year felony.

He brought his computer in for repair April 11 to the Staples store at 1129 W. 14 Mile in Clawson, according to police reports.

The computer was laden with viruses, and he told the store clerk not to poke around too much because he might find something, the reports said.

The store manager turned on the computer and found a pornographic photo of a naked female as the background picture. The age of the female was questionable, the reports said.

Police were called and more pictures were found, including those of children as young as 4 and 5 performing a sex act on an adult male.

The Oakland County Computer Crimes Unit was called in to investigate. "It was a backlogged deal," Clawson Police Chief Harry Anderson said, explaining the several-month delay before charges were brought. "Sometimes the wheels of justice turn slow," he said, adding the county computer crimes unit has a huge case load.

McFaul is out on a $50,000 personal bond after being arraigned on the charges Jan. 17 in 52-4 District Court in Troy.

n A regular customer of a bar on South Main Street kicked in the glass of the exit door after he was cut off from drinking by the bartender the evening of Jan. 15. Damage was estimated at $600. The bar will ask the customer to pay for the damages, the report said.

n Someone tried to break into a work van parked in the 100 block of Leroy. The 25-year-old owner said he heard a noise around midnight Jan. 20 and found a 2- to 3-inch hole on the rear passenger door from someone trying to pry off the lock. No entry was gained.

Compiled from reports filed with the Clawson Police Department.

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