A 22-year-old Michigan man is facing charges of criminal sexual conduct and producing child pornography after he allegedly admitted to repeatedly raping two young brothers and using a pacifier and diapers in some of the assaults.
Tyler Ryan Lowis, of Sparta, was ordered on Monday to stand trial on three counts each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, manufacturing child sexually abusive material and using a computer to commit a crime.
Court documents released in the case, and obtained by the station WZZM13, paint a sickening picture of Lowis’ relationship with one of the siblings, who is now 14 years old.
Lowis called himself “daddy” and referred to the victim as “baby boy,” dressed the teen in diapers, forced him to use a sippy cup and baby bottle, and had him put a pacifier in his mouth to muffle his screams of pain during sexual assaults, according to the documents.
The records state that Lowis was living with his wife in a trailer park when he met the boy, then aged 10, and became his “mentor.” The assaults began last year in the child’s Sparta home, which he shared with his parents and younger sibling.
The investigation into Lowis’ alleged crimes got under way in August when Michigan State Police got a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a person who was stockpiling child pornography through the online file sharing site Dropbox.
Many of the images depicted young boys, including toddlers and infants, in sexual situations with adults, records show. Investigators traced the IP address associated with the pornographic material to Tyler Lowis’ home on Schultz Street in Sparta and obtained a search warrant.
The assaults began at the victim’ family home in 2015, and several of the encounters Lowis had allegedly videotaped on his tablet computer.
When police reviewed the contents of the device, they allegedly found three recordings showing the assaults and multiple still photos of the young victim “wearing only a diaper and having a pacifier in his mouth,” the documents state.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Tyler Lowis had the boy put the pacifier in his mouth during the assaults because the child “would scream because [he] said the sex hurt him.
The 22-year-old suspect repeatedly calls the victim ‘baby boy’ and refers to himself as ‘daddy’ in the sexually explicit recording.
When police met with the victim, who is now 14, his 12-year-old brother and their parents earlier this month, the older sibling admitted to having sex with Tyler Lowis “a crap ton” in his home.
Lowis also confessed to raping the 12-year-old brother in late summer. He is being held in the Kent County Jail on $250,000 bond, and if convicted of the charges against him, Lowis could face a life in prison.
I for one, think he should be executed.