GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — An ex-employee at Wayland Union Schools faces charges at the federal level for producing and sharing child pornography, federal prosecutors say.

An undated booking photo of Michael John Batt. (Courtesy)

Michael John Batt, 35, of Jenison, faces federal charges of a count of sexual exploitation and attempted sexual exploitation of a child and a count of distribution of child pornography, court records show. If convicted, he faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison with a $250,000 fine for the first charge, and a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the second charge.

His arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 1.

Batt had already been charged at the state level in September, with two counts of producing child porn, four counts of aggravated distribution of child porn, one count of aggravated possession of child porn, and one count of using a computer to commit a crime.

The charges stem from allegations that on Sept. 19, Batt produced pornography of a child under five years old using a cell phone, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. An indictment also alleges that the next day, Batt shared four images of child pornography over a messaging platform on the internet.

His alleged child porn was discovered by an undercover investigation into his online activity. MSP then searched his home and found evidence that was confiscated by police.

Batt was working at Wayland Union Schools at the time of the allegations but is no longer employed there, the district said Wednesday. It is unknown what his role was within the school district. Wayland Union Schools said his actions happened off school property and that it does not have information that shows Batt’s actions involved the district staff or students.

MSP Computer Crimes Unit advises parents to have a conversation with their children about safe internet use. You can find a list of resources on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website or the MSP ICAC Task Force website.

If you have information about possible child sexual exploitation, report it to the CyberTipLine.

— News 8’s Madalyn Buursma contributed to this report.