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Former teacher charged with distribution of child pornography

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - A 44-year-old Quincy, Mich., man was indicted on child pornography charges following a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation.

Douglas Jodway appeared in federal court in Grand Rapids Sept. 18 for his arraignment on an indictment charging him with receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography before U.S. Magistrate Joseph G. Scoville. Jodway faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and is subject to a criminal forfeiture.

Jodway, a former football coach and substitute teacher with the Quincy Public School District, was arrested on Sept. 4 for knowingly receiving and distributing child pornography.

Jodway has since resigned his position with the school district.

Brian Moskowitz, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Michigan and Ohio, and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Donald Davis announced the charges today.

The investigation and arrest was part of an ICE initiative known as Operation Predator. Operation Predator protects children from sexual predators, including those who travel across continents to have sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child traffickers. Since the initiative was launched in July 2003, there have been more than 11,600 individuals arrested nationwide.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Verhey.