NAMED PERSON Nurse Pleads Guilty to Sex Acts with Newborn

Ex-Pediatric Nurse Pleads Guilty to Sex Acts with Newborn

Michael Lutts is charged with sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of child pornography.

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A
pediatric nurse accused of performing sex acts on two infants and
videotaping them entered a guilty plea Thursday, the U.S. attorney said.
Michael
William Lutts, 50, a former nurse, was arrested last August at his
College Grove home and charged with sexual exploitation of a child.
Lutts
pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual exploitation of a child and one
count of distribution of child pornography. He admitted to 15 instances
of photographing or videotaping the infants in “sexually explicit
situations at both his home and his work place,” the U.S. attorney said.
Lutts also agreed to give up his College area home, in which many of the crimes took place.

No Bond for Accused Nurse

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Michael
Lutts, a pediatric nurse accused of molesting a 2-month-old foster
child in his care, will spend at least two weeks in jail without bail,
per his detention hearing on Friday. Meanwhile, NBC 7’s Dave Summers
spoke with a longtime friend of Lutts about the disturbing allegations.
(Published Friday, Aug. 29, 2014)
A federal grand jury indictment says around July 24, he took sexually explicit digital photos of an 11-month-old girl.
He then began performing lewd acts on his prematurely born, 2-month-old foster child on Aug. 4, 2014, the day Lutts received custody of him, officials say.
Investigators
detail graphic incidents in court documents, alleging Lutts touched and
manipulated the infant’s genitals while masturbating and filming the
abuse.
Pictures show the hospital
tag was still attached to the boy’s leg, according to a complaint. The
FBI says the baby can be heard crying through many of the videos.
Agents
started tracking Lutts because they believed he was a child pornography
distributor. When they served a search warrant to his house, they say
they found several hundred pornographic images and videos involving
children.
“This is a deeply
disturbing case,” said U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy. “We will do everything
in our power to protect our precious, defenseless children from sexual
abuse and exploitation, especially at the hands of caregivers who are
supposed to keep them safe .”
The foster child has since been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
Kaiser Permanente said Lutts was terminated in September.
Two other men are accused of conspiring with Lutts. A federal indictment says Stephen Schaffner, an ex-counselor, directed Lutts to sexually abuse his foster child and send pictures to him.
Last week, Bartolomeo Baravella was arrested
on suspicion of planning to kidnap a baby with Lutts. Baravella has
been charged with possession of images of minors engaged in sexually
explicit conduct.
“Though the FBI
investigates many types of criminal investigations, it is particularly
disturbing when the victims are sexually exploited children or infants,”
said FBI Special Agent in Eric S. Birnbaum. “When this type of sexual
exploitation takes place, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will
aggressively pursue those who would exploit and abuse children, and
bring them to justice.”
Lutts faces a maximum of 80 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 20.

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