A federal magistrate judge on Friday ordered that a Davenport elementary school teacher will be released from custody on a personal recognizance bond pending trial on charges of child pornography.

The release of Michael Loren Ross, who was arrested June 26, comes with several restrictions.

Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. ordered during a lengthy detention hearing in U.S. District Court, Davenport, that the 43-year-old must live in a transitional housing facility and abide by a curfew; remain on GPS monitoring; and obtain a substance abuse and mental health screening and comply with any recommended treatment.

The judge further ordered, among other conditions, that Ross cannot have contact with any minors without approval by the probation department, cannot use a computer or phone with access to the internet and cannot loiter near areas frequented by minors, such as schools, parks or playgrounds.

He will remain in custody of the U.S. Marshals Service until space is available at the transitional housing facility.

Ross is charged with possession of child pornography and receipt of child pornography.

The investigation began in late March after a special agent with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation received a cyber tip through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a user named "Mike Ross," who had a Hotmail email address, uploaded a video depicting child pornography to his Dropbox account on Feb. 7, according to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint.

The case was forwarded to the Davenport Police Department, and on June 20, police searched his home and seized a laptop, cellphone, thumb drive and a camcorder, according to the affidavit.

Davenport Police Detective Erin Pape testified Friday that a forensic examiner found 851 images of child pornography and 35 images of “child erotica.” The earliest image found by the examiner was from Jan. 8, 2015, and the latest was from Oct. 31, 2016, she testified.

The examiner also found 196 videos of child pornography involving children aging in range from infants to early teens, Pape testified.

The examiner also looked at the web history on Ross’ phone and saw some websites that appeared to have child pornography, she testified.

Pape further testified that Ross told police the day of the search that he had been viewing child pornography for some time and that he both received and distributed it.

He also told police that he exchanged child pornography through Dropbox links being shared on Kik, a freeware instant messaging mobile application, Pape testified.

Ross, a fifth-grade teacher at Wilson Elementary School, was placed on administrative leave the day of his arrest.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melisa Zaehringer asked that Ross remain in custody and argued Friday that he was a flight risk and a danger to himself and the community.

Zaehringer also said Ross had been involuntarily committed to a local hospital to be evaluated.

Assistant Federal Defender Diane Helphrey argued for his release, saying that Ross has long ties to the community and no prior criminal history.

She said Ross himself had sought counseling before his commitment and the physicians who evaluated him discharged him with a treatment plan the day of his arrest.

Jackson expressed concern about Ross’s mental health but noted that he had sought help for himself and the discharge and treatment plan from the physicians.

He also found that the transitional housing facility is a stable, structured environment for Ross.

The judge warned Ross that any violation of the facility rules, his mental health treatment plan or the conditions of his pretrial release will result in a warrant being issued for his arrest.

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