Police: substitute teacher's child porn collection one of largest in Michigan history

He had a job where he helped lead young men and women but Michigan police say he was hiding a deep, disturbing secret.

52-year-old David Huntley was arrested earlier this month on child pornography charges. The former substitute teacher in Monroe reportedly admitted his deep, dark, and sick secrets to police last week. On Wednesday, we learned more about the man and how he was arrested.

Investigators said on Friday that they discovered between 300,000 and 400,000 pictures of child pornography and that was only the beginning. It's what lead Lt. Tony Cuevas to call it "one of the largest child pornography collections in Michigan's history."

"This whole investigation started through our internet crimes against children task-force known as ICAC," Cuevas said. "They obtained information that Mr. Huntley was distributing or sending out child sexually abusive material."

According to federal court documents, Huntley was tracked down from an internet child porn file sharing network. On March 12 while Huntley was working a shift at Burger King, investigators were busy raiding his home. That's where they said they found hundreds of images of child porn. It was only the beginning. It wasn't until they talked to him that they uncovered more. 

Huntley told police he's been viewing the illegal images since 1990 for "stress relief". 

"They are still going through the files, it's going to take time to go through it," Cuevas said. "There are thousands of images. This is going to take a long period of time."

There was more.

In another interview, state police said they uncovered vulgar sex crimes that involved pre-teen girls. He admitted to police that he inappropriately touched a 12-year-old relative, and sexually abused a 10-year-old in a hot-tub.

The charges of came to light without a single victim. That changed once he was arrested.

"Right after we talked we did get some information about a person about an incident that occurred a long time ago too.  It shows a pattern on the suspect to not only help with old cases but current ones too."

Now, police are asking any other victims to come forward and they're asking them to do so soon.

"We are up against a time crunch. Depending on the allegations, we may have issues with statute of limitations."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Michigan State Police.
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