Teacher facing charges for child pornography possession

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A Davenport elementary school teacher is in the Scott County Jail tonight facing charges for possession and receipt of child pornography.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Federal District Court, officers from Davenport Police and the Scott County Sheriff’s department executed a search warrant on Michael Loren Ross’ Davenport home, and seized several digital devices, including a cell phone, laptop, and a thumb drive.

During the search, Ross admitted to officers that he uploaded child porn videos to his Dropbox account as well as sharing them on Kik, a freeware instant messaging platform.

Ross, 43, told officers he had them for personal viewing only.

Davenport Schools’ spokesperson Dawn Saul confirms that Ross taught at both Buchannan and Wilson Elementary Schools and has been placed on administrative leave.

A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.

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