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Former Warsaw School District custodian set for April trial in child pornography case

By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Feb. 9, 2018 9:40 pm Updated: Feb. 9, 2018 11:48 pm

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. -- A former Warsaw School District custodian accused of possessing child pornography and videotaping an underage girl at his Elvaston home is set to go to trial this spring.

Federal court records show that Frank M. Stout is set to go to trial April 23. He is charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a child, one count of receiving child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

In court Wednesday, a motion by Stout's attorney sought to suppress physical evidence obtained from his home as well as statements he made to law enforcement officers.

Stout was arrested last July after a search warrant was served at his home and indicted by a federal grand jury in August.

He reportedly told officers the programs he used to obtain child pornography and that he placed a covert recording device in a bathroom at his house to secretly tape an 11-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman changing clothes in 2016. After the admission, another search warrant was issued. Agents reportedly found the camera in a bathroom drawer, and a preliminary forensic examination of Stout's laptop found several short videos that appeared to have been shot in the bathroom, with the most recent produced July 21, 2017.

Stout was immediately placed on administrative leave by the Warsaw School District and soon after resigned.

He remains under house arrest and monitoring as part of his $250,000 unsecured bond.

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