DETROIT (WWJ) – It didn’t take long for an arrest after the roll-out of a new “Operation Predator” smartphone app to solicit information from the public about wanted child predators … the roll-out from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Mark Robert Austin was arrested in the Flint area after several tips were called in to the ICE tip line.READ MORE: ACLU Sues Michigan State Police, Claims Racial Profiling, Black Drivers Pulled Over More
Austin was charged with allegedly downloading more than 100 images and nearly a dozen videos of child pornography.READ MORE: Woman Finds 95-Year-Old Message In A Bottle In Michigan
He is currently being held on state charges of distribution of marijuana.
The “Operation Predator” app will allow users to receive alerts about suspected child sex predators, share the information with friends via email and social media, and submit tips.MORE NEWS: Here's A List Of Bills Gov. Whitmer Signed Into Law Thursday
The app is available from Apple’s App Store or iTunes, and ICE is working on expanding its’ compatibility with other smartphones.