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A former North Carolina church day care employee is accused of making child pornography at work, according to authorities.
Alyson Brooke Saunders, 23, is facing charges that include multiple counts of indecent liberties with a minor and first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Friday in a news release.
Court documents say Saunders “engaged in sexual activity with children” who were 2 to 3 years old, WFMY reports. The kids were enrolled at Fellowship Day School, where Saunders had worked for several years, the station said.
“The abuse allegedly happened at the daycare, some of it on the changing room table,” WGHP reports. Saunders sent photos related to the case to a person in Great Britain, according to the news outlet.
The arrest came after Homeland Security Investigations in February discovered from its London office that Saunders was in touch with a person who had been arrested on child-pornography charges, according to the news release.
Saunders confessed to making child pornography, and investigators determined she distributed it from her electronics, the federal agency said. She’s also accused of crimes against nature that “involved a dog,” according to WGHP.
Fellowship Day School in a statement said it first became aware of the issue when federal and state agents came to the school March 7, according to an earlier report from WFMY.
“The employee in question was promptly suspended from her employment and has been barred from School and Church premises,” the statement said, per WFMY.
Saunders was fired from Fellowship Day School after her arrest by Homeland Security and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, WXII reports.
She is also charged with two counts each of sexual offense with a child by an adult and a crime against nature, according to ICE.