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 Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army. 1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square. 1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.