Michigan Court of Appeals recently ruled that a father’s supervised parenting time could be suspended until he surrendered access to encrypted thumb drives that may contain child pornography. The father in question had already served five years probation and completed a sexual rehabilitation program for a conviction of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. The appeals court disapproved of the suspension, questioning its necessity given that the father’s parenting time was already supervised. Rather than impermissible sanctions, the court suggested that the father’s compliance be compelled legally. The case does not present any threat to the child under supervised care. Due to the absence of danger, the appeals court raised issues of privacy and parental rights.

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