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A Davenport elementary school teacher charged with possession and receipt of child pornography waived his right to a preliminary hearing Friday.

Michael Loren Ross, 43, through his appointed attorney Diane Helphrey, also requested a continuance of his detention hearing during a brief appearance in U.S. District Court, Davenport.

Helphrey told Magistrate Judge Stephen B. Jackson Jr. that the delay was necessary so that the defense can prepare for all issues that will be presented at the hearing.

The judge granted the request and rescheduled the hearing for Friday, July 7.

During a preliminary hearing, a judge hears evidence to determine whether there is enough evidence to bind the case over for trial. The judge does not determine a defendant's guilt or innocence during these hearings.

Ross remains in the temporary custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

The investigation into Ross 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.

Police searched his home on June 20 and seized Ross’s cellphone, laptop, digital camera, camcorder and a thumb drive, according to the affidavit.

Ross, who was home during the search, told officers that he possessed child pornography and that he both received and distributed it, according to the affidavit.

He told officers that he exchanged child pornography through Dropbox links being shared on Kik, a freeware instant messaging mobile application, according to the affidavit.

Ross also said that he used his phone and laptop to access the files and that he did so for his own sexual gratification, according to the affidavit.

Ross, who taught at Buchanan Elementary School and then Wilson Elementary School, was placed on the administrative leave on Monday.

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