Weeks ago, he was leading an after-school program, but today, Dishon Isabel walked into a federal courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit and handcuffs around his wrists and ankles.
The 29-year-old, who investigators say placed cameras in a school restroom, made his first court appearance on Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 at the U.S. District Courthouse in downtown, Davenport.
During the appearance, Magistrate Judge Helen Adams explained Isabel’s right to remain silent and right to have an attorney. She also made sure he understood his charge – production of child pornography.
The charge comes after investigators say a janitor found three video cameras in a girls bathroom at Hayes Elementary School in Davenport. Isabel was in charge of the “Stepping Stones” Program at Hayes.
According to an affidavit filed in federal court earlier this week, police discovered graphic images of at least five little girls using the bathroom on the cameras. They also discovered a man putting the cameras in place, who school officials later identified as Isabel.
On Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, Isabel’s attorney, Steve Hanna, waived a preliminary and detention hearing. He tells News 8 the next step is an arraignment and that’s when they will set a timeline for a trial.
“At this time, we don’t have any dates for pre-trial hearings, jury trial, or anything like that, but he’s entitled to a jury trial within 70 days,” Hanna said. “A speedy trial demand is in place so nothing has been waived.”
However, Hanna says as the case progresses, Isabel’s charge could change.
“There could be additional charges filed,” he explained. “There also could be a grand jury indictment in the future and that’s what I expect. Often times, the U.S. Attorney drafts what’s called an information and that’s drafted by the U.S. Attorney, but then they take it before a grand jury which convenes once a month then they’ll actually have a formal indictment.”
Also during the appearance, Hanna asked Judge Adams to sign an order which allows a psychologist to visit Isabel in jail.
“We’re just going to have a ‘professional visit’ it’s called and kind of get an assessment and an analysis to make sure everything is good and he [Isabel] can proceed to trial,” Hanna said.
If convicted, Isabel faces a minimum of 15 years in prison.
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