A man arrested last month at an in-home day-care center in Milan now faces three felony charges accusing him of producing child pornography.
Leonard Robert Fite, 28, was arrested March 21 at his residence, 401 W. 28th Ave., Milan, which also is the site of a day care, according to police.
On March 22, he made an initial appearance in Rock Island County Circuit Court before Judge Peter Church. He is accused of two Class X offenses, each punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and one Class 1, punishable by up to 15 years.
On April 1, Mr. Fite waived his preliminary hearing and, through court-appointed public defender Baron Heintz, pleaded innocent to all charges.
He was being held Friday in Rock Island County Jail on a $250,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court May 2 for a pretrial conference.
According to Milan Police Chief Shawn Johnson, the investigation remains ongoing between his department, Moline police and the U.S. Secret Service. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is handling a separate investigation concerning the day-care center.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Moline Police Criminal Investigation Division at 309-524-2140 or 309-797-0401 or make an anonymous call to Crimestoppers at 309-762-9500.
Today is Thursday, Oct. 2, the 275th day of 2014. There are 90 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The ladies have adopted the fashion of wearing representations of insects in the flowers on their bonnets. Some look very natural. 1889 -- 125 years ago: T.F. Cary, former Rock Island alderman, has accepted a position as salesman for a Chicago wallpaper house and plans to move to that city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Work on the new telephone building on 18th Street between 6th and 7th avenues is progressing rapidly. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's new theater at 3rd Avenue and 19th Street will have a name significant of its location. The "Rocket" is scheduled to open Thanksgiving Day. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Two of Rock Island's newest water towers were vandalized last night, including the one at 38th Street and 31st Avenue, where police took five Moline boys into custody about 9 p.m.. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some of us who live in the Quad-Cities take the Mississippi River for granted, or at least we used to. But the river is not taken for granted by our visitors. And most Quad-Citians are realizing the importance of the river to this area as increased emphasis is placed on tourism.