Detroit police have their hands full after a daycare worker stands accused of forcing one of the children in his care to make adult films and shower with him.
Michael Pankey, AKA Michael Leverette, was placed under arrest after the mother of a 5-year-old girl came forward and told child protective services that she believed Pankey had molested her daughter over a three-day period, MLive reports. The girl later told specially trained child interviewers that Pankey had removed her clothing before filming himself performing oral sex on her. Pankey is also accused of forcing the girl to shower with him while he inserted an object into her vagina and anus.
Pankey was arraigned in May of 2017. Since then, police have learned that Pankey had a history of working with young children in daycare centers in the suburbs including Little Munchkins in Sterling Heights, Gurukul Montessori Academy, Oakland University’s Lowery Day Daycare Center, and North Hills Child Care Center in Troy, according to Fox 2 News.
Police have used Pankey’s work history to identify several other possible victims. The daycare centers Pankey had worked with have been cooperative with police and have reached out to parents whose children may have come into contact with the man.
Pankey is currently being held in federal custody for the rape of the 5-year-old girl and for producing child pornography. Anyone who believes their child may have come into contact with Pankey is urged to contact Detroit Police Sex Crimes Unit at 313-596-1958.