Lowell school worker faces child porn charges

Kent County

LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) — A part-time employee with Lowell Public Schools has been arrested, accused of creating child pornography.

Federal court documents filed Friday show Madalynne Iteen faces a charge of production of child pornography, which is punishable by between 15 and 30 years in prison.

A criminal complaint written by a Homeland Security Investigations agent says that federal authorities in Grand Rapids started investigating Monday after getting a tip from police in Ontario, Canada. The Ontario officers busted someone for child porn last month and since then have been keeping an eye on the suspect’s email account.

An email that came in to that account last week included pornographic images of an infant.

Investigators soon identified the person who took the photos as Iteen and on Friday, they searched her home and arrested her.

According to the documents, Iteen admitted that she took the porngraphic images last summer after being instructed to do so by someone she met online.

The complaint said the search of Iteen’s house turned up evidence that confirmed the images were taken there.

In a message to parents, Lowell Superintendent Gregory Pratt said the district was notified Friday morning that authorities had arrested the part-time employee. Pratt wouldn’t identify the worker, but said she is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

The superintendent said no students or other employees are believed to have been involved in the case, but would not elaborate further. He said the district is fully cooperating with authorities.

School officials would not tell 24 Hour News 8 what Iteen’s role in the district was.

Iteen appeared in a federal courtroom in Grand Rapids Friday afternoon. She was wearing street clothes and was accompanied by two U.S. marshals.

U.S. District Court Judge Ray Kent ordered her taken to the Newaygo County Jail, where federal inmates are held. She will remain at least until a bond hearing Thursday.

Iteen told the judge she was worried about work and asked when she could contact her employer. Kent told her she would get a phone call once she got to the jail, and suggested she use that call to contact a family member and have that person talk to her employer.

Within the next few weeks, a grand jury will review the case against Iteen and determine if there’s enough evidence for her to be indicted. She will be appointed a federal public defender.

Anyone with additional information in the case is encouraged to contact the Department of Homeland Security at 616.235.3936, extension 2223.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Kent County Sheriff’s Department arrested the suspect, based on a letter from the superintendent. However, the agency says a deputy was only present during the arrest, which was carried out by the Department of Homeland Security.****

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