Richland police help catch substitute teacher accused of voyeurism

Richland police help catch substitute teacher accused of voyeurism
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WARDEN, Wash. (AP) – The Grant County Sheriff’s Office says a 53-year-old substitute teacher has been arrested in a voyeurism investigation.

Authorities say the investigation began last October when a 9-year-old girl in Warden, southeast of Moses Lake, reported that teacher Michael S. Leavitt had used his phone to record under her dress in her classroom. Warden police seized the phone, which showed evidence of pornographic files having been recently deleted.

Police from Richland and Moses Lake assisted in obtaining a search warrant for Leavitt’s iCloud account, which is where investigators say they found images confirming the 9-year-old’s story, a recording of another victim in the same class and other voyeuristic images.

A voicemail message left on a number listed for Leavitt was not immediately returned Thursday.

Warden police have requested help from the FBI, which obtained a federal warrant to search Leavitt’s home for additional child pornography. They are investigating for possible possession and production of child pornography, deputies said.