IMPERIAL – A 48-year-old Imperial man is facing felony charges on suspicion of communication with a minor for a sexual offense in Imperial County Superior Court after information was discovered that he allegedly was communicating with a minor for the purposes of enticing said minor for sex. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by investigators from the Imperial Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (IV-ICAC), which is led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
On March 22, 2017, Michael Erik Kullander was taken into custody by members of the IV-ICAC Task Force. Kullander is employed as a Correctional Officer with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) at the Centinela State Prison in Seeley. Kullander is also the Union President of the California Corrections Peace Officers Association, Centinela State Prison Chapter. Reportedly, once IV-ICAC discovered evidence of the sexually explicit conversations, Kullander was interviewed and arrested at the Centinela State Prison. Kullander was booked into the Imperial County Jail pending his initial appearance before a California Superior Court judge. The charges carry a maximum penalty of four years in prison, if convicted.
The case is being prosecuted by the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office and Kullander is pending arraignment on the charges. His next court appearance is forthcoming.
“The arrest of Michael Kullander is an example of the effective collaboration between local agencies and our federal counterparts,” said Gilbert Otero, Imperial County District Attorney. “The fact that individuals are using technology to commit crimes against children demonstrates the need for proactive investigations conducted through the Imperial Valley Internet Crime Against Children Task Force.”
“The team effort and diligent work of HSI Calexico Special Agents, the Imperial Valley ICAC and other law enforcement partners has allowed for another successful arrest,” said David Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of HSI San Diego. “Identifying and putting a stop to the horrendous acts of these potentially dangerous predators is paramount in the commitment and effort of protecting our children and community.”
The IV-ICAC is comprised of HSI Special Agents, an Imperial County District Attorney Investigator, Deportation Officers from ICE Enforcement Removal Operations, an Imperial County Probation Officer, and a Deputy District Attorney from Imperial County.