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Clinton Township foster dad charged with downloading child porn
A Clinton Township man stands accused in U.S. District Court of receiving and possessing child pornography.
David Joseph Kiluk, a foster parent and fourth-grade teacher at George Washington Academy in Mount Clemens, was charged in federal court after federal investigators allegedly found 55 pornographic videos and photos involving children on his home computer.
An FBI task force officer began investigating Kiluk on July 12 after receiving a lead from a Secret Service member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Team, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court. The complaint said investigation by the FBI and Secret Service showed that Kiluk allegedly used a software program to publicly download and share photos and videos of children online.
On July 25, an FBI investigator and New Baltimore Police Department detective went to Kiluk’s Clinton Township house to question with him about the matter, but Kiluk turned them away, according to the complaint. At the time, they reportedly saw a boy inside the house. Investigators returned to the house later that same day with a search warrant.
Kiluk told investigators that the boy was his 8-year-old foster child, who had been living with him for more than two weeks, the FBI agent wrote in the complaint. The child had a learning impairment and could not tell investigators his name, the complaint added.
Children Protective Services removed the boy from the home.
Kiluk also said that he had two other foster children live with him for five months in 2010.
The complaint said Kiluk allegedly admitted to downloading the pornographic images of minors on his computer.
However, he said he had never inappropriately touched any child, including his foster children, and had no sexually abusive images of any child he personally knew were on his computer, according to the complaint.
Kiluk had worked as a teacher for Mount Clemens Community Schools from August 2000 until the end of this past school year, when he was placed on layoff because of budget cuts, said Phil Easter, assistant superintendent of human resources for Mount Clemens Community Schools, in a July 31 interview.
Easter said Mount Clemens Community Schools did launch an internal investigation, part of which was to ensure that no students from the school district were involved in any way.
Before starting at George Washington Academy, Kiluk had previously worked in another elementary school program and at a junior high school within the district.
Easter added that in his own 12 years with the school district, there have not been any criminal complaints about Kiluk from students or parents.
He said that the school district also would be in communication with parents, and assured that it will do everything it can to preserve the students’ safety.
The school district also is cooperating with police authorities in trying to develop a complete picture of the facts, Easter said.
“Once we know what the circumstances are, then we’ll take appropriate action here on our end to make sure the safety of the children is preserved. That’s completely apart from whatever the police and the courts might do,” he added.