- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A Lowell man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for taking sexually explicit photos and videos of children as young as 2 at his mother’s day care center.

Twenty-three-year-old Travis Stiehl received the maximum penalty Tuesday after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation of a child. He will be on supervised release for life once his prison term ends.

U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney called Stiehl a “major threat” to children during the sentencing.

Authorities say Stiehl produced the child pornography at a Lowell home where his mother ran a day care. Her license has since been revoked.

The defense said Stiehl hasn’t been in trouble before and has many good qualities. His attorneys sought a lesser sentence.

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