Police fear there are more victims of child rape suspect who worked at day cares

- A suspected child rapist is behind bars and police are investigating if there are more young victims out there.

Michael Pankey, 37,  is in federal custody on charges of possession and production of child porn.

He's also awaiting trial in Detroit on charges that he sexually assaulted a 5-year-old girl he was babysitting. Investigators have learned that Pankey worked at four daycare  and child care centers in metro Detroit since January, 2016.

At one time he went by the name Michael Leverette. Detroit police would like to locate more children who had contact with Pankey and may have been victims.

He also worked at:

  • Rainbow Child Care Center - formerly Little Munchkins and Cribs to Crayons in Sterling Heights
  • Urukul Montessori Academy in Troy
  • Oakland University Lowrey Center Daycare on the Oakland University campus in Rochester.
  • North Hills Child Care Center in Troy.


If your child had contact with Pankey contact Detroit police (313) 596-5200.

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