Man accused of having child porn volunteered at Birmingham Schools

Birmingham, Michigan (WXYZ) - We are learning more about the Birmingham man charged with receiving and possessing child pornography.

7 Action News Cameras were the only ones rolling as 71-year-old William Shaffer left the federal courthouse in Detroit after $10,000 posting bond.  He tried to hide his face, and kept silent when asked questions.

He was released with numerous conditions.   He  has to go to therapy and stay off the internet. He is not to have contact with kids. He is supposed to keep a 100 yard distance from places where children gather such as schools.

Meantime, we have learned he had a history of surrounding himself with children.  Not only did he work for Child Protective Services in the past, but he used to volunteer at Birmingham Schools.  He would operate the video camera during football games at Seaholm High School.

The complaint filed against him in Federal Court says there was a police report filed in 1987 in Westland accusing Shaffer of molesting a boy. 

Birmingham Schools say they never have received any complaints about Shaffer.  A spokesperson says it has been at least a decade since he volunteered there.

Investigators say whenever they are looking into child pornography cases, they wonder what other actions the person under investigation has taken.

"Statistics show that 1 in 3 people that view child pornography have molested a child," said U.S. Postal Inspector Wylie Christopher.

He is leading the investigation into Shaffer's actions. 

The complaint filed with court says Shaffer bought almost $7,000 in child pornography from a movie production company identified as "International Company." The company has been under federal investigation since 2010 and was raided in 2011.

Shaffer says if you use mail to exploit children, there will be consequences.

"We will arrest you."

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