You may have learned through news reports or word of mouth that a student intern who interacted with children at the Lowry Center for Early Childhood Education during the fall 2016 semester has been arraigned on charges of criminal sexual conduct with a minor, indecent exposure and possession of child pornography.
The criminal charges against this individual, Michael Johnathan Pankey, stem from incidents alleged to have taken place not on the Oakland University campus. To date, we are not aware of any complaints regarding Mr. Pankey’s conduct while on our campus.
Mr. Pankey was enrolled in Macomb Community College’s Early Childhood Studies program. In conjunction with that program, he participated in field exercises at Lowry and other daycare settings in the region.
The Oakland University Police Department is cooperating fully with an ongoing Detroit Police Department investigation tied to the charges against Mr. Pankey. If you have any information or concerns that may be relevant to this investigation, we strongly encourage you to contact the OUPD at (248) 370-3331.