GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A 22-year-old Lowell man who admitted to making videos of naked boys was arraigned in 63rd District Court Monday on four child pornography charges.
Travis Charles Stiehl told police he made three child pornography videos at the home he shares with his mother. The home on Foreman Street west of Cumberland Avenue SE in Lowell Township was licensed as a daycare.
Police first interviewed Stiehl in December, at which time he admitted to having child pornography on his computer, court records show. The daycare operated by his mother had its license revoked six days later.
Police have not disclosed if the victims were clients of the daycare facility.
When he was arrested Friday, Stiehl told investigators he created videos with a digital camera and transferred them to his computer. He admitted to making videos of unclothed, prepubescent boys for the purposes of sexual gratification, court records show.
During a video arraignment today, Stiehl told Judge Sara Smolenski he graduated from Lincoln College of Technology in Indianapolis and was living with his mother. He worked full-time at an auto parts store on Alpine Avenue NW, which is where police arrested him on Friday.
Stiehl is being held on a $250,000 bond. He will be back in court May 9 for a preliminary hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. Manufacturing child pornography is a felony punishable by 20 years in prison.