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Man charged with child sex assault worked at Metro Detroit day care centers

Michael Pankey charged with criminal sexual conduct

DETROIT – Detroit police said a 37-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl while he was babysitting her worked at several different daycare centers over the past few years.

Michael Pankey is accused of sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in December 2016. Police said the incident happened while he was babysitting the girl.

Pankey is in federal custody on charges of producing child pornography and possessing child pornography.

He was wanted on 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.

Detroit police said Pankey worked at several daycare centers and child care services over the past few years. They are asking for the public's help identifying victims or children who have had contact with Pankey.

The daycare centers involved are:

  • Little Munchkins / Cribs 2 Crayons in Sterling Heights (10/2015 – 1/2016)
  • Gurukul Montessori Academy in Troy (1/2016 – 9/2016)
  • Oakland University Lowrey Center Daycare – Oakland University Campus (9/2016 – 12-2016)
  • North Hills Child Care Center – Troy (12/2016)

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