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Former Warden substitute teacher arrested on federal child porn charges

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WARDEN, Wash. -

Update: A former Warden substitute teacher accused of recording videos under a nine-year-old girl's dress in class was arrested on Wednesday and later turned over to custody of the FBI.

Warden Police arrested Michael Leavitt on a federal warrant for receipt and possession of child pornography, and later turned over to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The charges stem from an investigation which stated earlier in 2018 where Leavitt was arrested by Warden Police for voyeurism. The FBI's subsequent investigation uncovered that Leavitt received child porn in 2009 and possessed child porn in 2018.

Previous coverage: A 53-year-old Warden man who served as a substitute teacher at Warden Schools was arrested Thursday morning for voyeurism and FBI agents are now looking into his involvement in child pornography. 

Last October, police received a complaint from a 9-year-old girl that Michael Leavitt used his phone to record video under her dress in class. Police seized Leavitt's phone and found evidence that Leavitt had viewed child porn on his phone, along with evidence that he deleted files from his phone. 

After this discovery, a second search warrant was obtained to look at Leavitt's iCloud account. 

The iCloud account verified the 9-year-old victim's statement and videos of voyeurism were obtained. A record of a second victim in the same classroom was also discovered. 

As the investigation became more involved, the Warden Police Department requested the assistance of Special Agent McEuen from the FBI’s Spokane Field Office. Special Agent McEuen obtained a Federal Warrant to search Leavitt’s home for additional child pornography. The FBI is now investigating possible possession and production of child porn by Leavitt.

Leavitt was booked by the Warden Police Department for the initial charge of voyeurism. The investigation continues.

Anyone who may have information about this case is asked to contact the Warden Police Department at 509-762-1160.


 

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