Daycare worker allegedly sexually assaults 5-year-old and produces child porn, police fear there may be more victims

Detroit police have arrested a daycare worker and accused him of molesting a 5-year-old girl, in addition to possessing and producing child pornography, as reported by FOX 2.

Michael Pankey, 37, was already in police custody due to charges related to child porn when the accusation came in of sexual assault, authorities note. The alleged victim’s family say that Pankey assaulted the girl while he was babysitting her.

The girl told investigators that Pankey removed her clothes, performed oral sex on her, showered with her and assaulted her with an object, according to a federal complaint obtained by Michigan Live.

Police fear that this sexual assault may just be the tip of the iceberg. Pankey, who also goes by the name Michael Leverette, has worked at many daycare centers in the suburban areas surrounding Detroit. Authorities say his employment habits have given them cause for concern, noting that he often works at one daycare center for just a month or two before transferring to another center, according to Detroit Free Press. This, coupled with the grievous set of charges already in place, has the community worried that more victims may step forward.

Pankey lives in a normal suburban neighborhood and his neighbors expressed shock that he could be capable of such disgusting behavior.

“I couldn’t believe that someone was living next door to my daughter, and she’s 8-years-old. By me speaking to him sometimes, I never thought he was that type of person,” an anonymous neighbor said.

“It’s unfortunate the parents and the people involved have to go through this. For me it just comes down to one word. Creepy,” said his neighbor Darius told FOX 2.

Another anonymous neighbor, however, noted that the daycare worker always seemed suspicious.

“He seemed kinda weird acting to me. Never seen anybody come over and visit, kept pretty much to himself and I just thought that was odd,” the anonymous neighbor said.

The 37-year-old faces five counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of indecent exposure and three counts of possession of sexually explicit material, according to police. This is in addition to federal charges of producing and possessing child pornography.

Anyone whose child may have had contact with Pankey is asked to call the Detroit Police Sex Crimes Unit at 313-596-1958.

[Featured image: Detroit Police Department]