Battle Creek Couple Arraigned In Federal Court On Child Abuse Charges
Arraignment was this week for a pair of Battle Creek residents accused of creating child pornography.
MLive reports that Matthew Andaluz was arraigned Tuesday, January 24 in Federal Court in Grand Rapids, on charges of sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography. Elizabeth Evans was also arraigned on the sexual exploitation charge, and released on bond. Both have pleaded not guilty.
Authorities say that in 2010, the couple abused a 10-year-old girl and forced her to pose for pictures at Andaluz's Springfield home; these pictures were found distributed around the country in various criminal cases, and using clues in the pictures investigators tracked down the camera used to take them. That camera was found in the possession of Andaluz and Evans.
Andaluz was arrested at his Calhoun County home in December, and at that time he did not deny taking the photographs, but did deny abusing the alleged victim. The victim told police that she had been abused between the ages of 10 and 13, and identified the criminal images as being of herself.
If the two are convicted, they could get up to 30 years in prison on the sexual exploitation charge alone.