Stiehl pleads not guilty to federal charges

Travis Stiehl talking to 24 Hour News 8 from the Kent County Jail (Image courtesy Kent County Correctional Facility; April 29, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who allegedly made pornographic images of the children placed in his mother’s care has entered a plea in the federal case against him.

Travis Stiehl Tuesday pleaded not guilty to nine federal charges, including sexual exploitation of a child, multiple counts of attempted sexual exploitation of a child, and possession of child pornography.

Stiehl, 22, is accused of making child pornography of male victims as young as 2. In a jailhouse interview in April, Stiehl told 24 Hour News 8 the children shown in videos made at his mother’s Lowell day care, where he lived, were being cared for there.

That day care was shut down by the state in December.

Stiehl was arraigned on state charges last month and indicted on federal charges last week.

A federal trial has been set for July 9. Stiehl has been ordered to remain in federal custody until then.

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