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Washington state teacher imprisoned for illicit child photos

June 14, 2019

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state substitute teacher who took photos of students and possessed child pornography has been sentenced to federal prison.

The Tri-City Herald reported Thursday that Michael S. Leavitt received a 10-year prison sentence Thursday.

Leavitt pleaded guilty in March to receiving child pornography.

Authorities say an elementary school student reported in October 2017 that he placed a cellphone under her skirt and took photographs during class.

Court records say Leavitt had “numerous images of students” he taught that were taken without their knowledge.

Investigators later found more than 600 images of child pornography on Leavitt’s electronic devices.

Leavitt must register as a sex offender and be subject to court supervision for 10 years following his release.

He was also ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to a victim.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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