Michael Leavitt

WARDEN - Former substitute teacher and Warden City Council member Michael Leavitt is facing a minimum of about eight years in prison after reaching a plea agreement Thursday in his federal child pornography case.

Leavitt pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography during a Thursday morning hearing in U.S. District Court in Spokane. As part of the plea agreement, a charge of possession of child pornography was dismissed.

Leavitt is facing a sentencing range of 97 months to 121 months behind bars. Sentencing has been set for June 12. 

In October 2017, Leavitt used his cellphone to take pictures under the skirt of a 9-year-old girl who was in the class he was substitute teaching at Warden Elementary School, according to court records.

Federal investigators seized a number of digital devices, including iPhones, an iPad and a desktop computer. Searches of the devices uncovered more than 600 images of child pornography dating back to 2009. Leavitt also had a number of images of students at Warden Elementary and other students.

Leavitt admitted to using his iPhone and iPad to search for child pornography on the internet. Investigators say Leavitt had deleted portions of his browsing history that includes several websites popular for trading child porn and searches related to underage girls. Other deleted searches included “how to delete photos from backup” and “is a search warrant required to look at a phone,” according to court records.

Along with serving on the city council and as a substitute teacher, Leavitt was a volunteer firefighter and Boy Scout troop leader, according to court records.

(1) comment

fuzzynavel

600 sick images on his computer all the while playing upstanding citizen ! Hail to that little girl that exposed this very sick man !!

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