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Former daycare teacher charged with child porn distribution

HELENA, MONT. (WBRC) - A man who used to work as a preschool teacher at Bright Horizons child care center in Hoover has been charged, along with a co-defendant, by U.S. Attorneys in Helena, Mont. on three separate child pornography charges, according to court documents.

Robert Shane Wilkens (the former teacher at the daycare center), and Anthony Scott Rodriguez were charged with conspiracy to sexually exploit children, sexual exploitation of children and distribution of child pornography. Rodriguez is a convicted sex offender, currently on state supervision for enticing a child for indecent purposes.

According to an affidavit from the FBI, law enforcement in Helena, Mont. received a phone call from a mother who was concerned about her 10-year-old son's computer activity, specifically on YouTube.

Law enforcement officials were able to take over the child's account and found that a user called "funandfreaky 7" had distributed numerous videos featuring children engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Authorities were able to determine that the YouTube account was being accessed by Rodriguez and Wilkens, who were in Georgia and Alabama.

Using the "funandfreaky 7" account, the men pretended to be a preteen girl sending videos of "herself," and asking the Montana boy to do the same. The child complied with the requests made by "funandfreaky 7," pulling up his shirt and pulling down his pants. This exchange continued from December 3 through 6, according to the affidavit.

When interviewed, both men confessed to asking for videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct and distributing child pornography.

In a search of Wilkens' home, numerous items of computer equipment were seized, including computers that Wilkens said would contain pornographic videos of children, including those of the Helena, Mont. child.

In a letter to parents from Monday, Dec. 20, administrators at the Bright Horizons center said they were "shocked and appalled" to learn of Wilkens' activity. They assured parents that no children at the Hoover center were believed harmed or part of the federal investigation.

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