You can change the location at any time. DETROIT, MI — The head of a Livonia-based modeling agency is modeling child 4 to reach a plea deal in federal court following an investigation into the sex trafficking of minors out of Shiawassee County.
Ryan Ulman was charged on Friday, Jan. District Court in Detroit on one count of receiving child pornography following an investigation launched by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The charge was brought through a criminal information, which is typically used when a plea is expected. The investigation was launched in winter 2016 and involved the Flint-based Spanish Cobras gang, according to federal court records. The gang was believed to have been involved in the production of methamphetamine and sex trafficking of children in the Owosso area, with agents interviewing some of the minors addicted to drugs, according to a criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Henrik Impola. Those interviews produced information about Ulman, whose modeling agency was accused of using some of the Owosso sex trafficking victims, according to court filings.
Federal authorities claim Ulman was not believed to have played a part in the suspected sex trafficking operation, according to court records. After learning Ulman was possibly acquiring child porn from underage female victims through his business, Impola obtained a search warrant for his Livonia home. The FBI executed the warrant on Sept. Ulman was home at the time.
Upon being read his Miranda rights, Ulman said he “has a problem with child pornography, which he has been interested in for some time,” Impola wrote. Ulman added he has looked at “hundreds” of such illicit images and that he prefers girls 13 and up. Agents found multiple images of “child erotica” and at least one image of child porn in Ulman’s basement bedroom, Impola wrote. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of MLive Media Group.