Milan man arrested at day care for child pornography


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Originally Posted Online: April 04, 2014, 8:46 pm
Last Updated: April 04, 2014, 11:16 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com

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.












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