KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) – A convicted sex offender found lurking outside a Kentwood day care center faces federal and state child pornography charges.

The federal government this week indicted Derek Allen Kidder on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. He also faces trial in Kent County Circuit Court on nine felony counts.

A search of his home computer revealed hundreds of images of pornography, including prepubescent children. One of the files was named "Kids Need Sex Too!'' according to the federal indictment filed Tuesday.

Kidder, 48, lives on Festival Drive SW near South Christian High School and runs a computer repair business out of his home, according to court records.

He has prior convictions for criminal sexual conduct in Kent and Barry counties and is on Michigan's Sex Offender Registry.

Kentwood police began investigating the 300-pound man in April for a possible sex offender registry violation at a day care. Police went to Kidder's home and he admitted he was by the day care, but was not looking into the windows, according to a probable cause affidavit.

When asked about his computers, Kidder told police "there may be material on them that would get him into trouble,'' the affidavit states. Kidder consented to having his computer searched and investigators found hundreds of images of child pornography, investigators said.

The Kent County Prosecutor's Office charged him with nine felony counts, including child sexually abusive commercial activity and using a computer to commit a crime. Both offenses are punishable by 20 years in prison.

He is also charged with being a habitual offender. Kidder was convicted in Barry County in Nov. 1992 of assault with intent to commit second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He has an Oct. 1991 conviction in Kent County for assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct.

Kidder's trial in Kent County Circuit Court is set for Aug. 22. No date has been set for his next appearance in U.S. District Court on the federal charges.

The government has also filed forfeiture proceedings against an Antec computer tower and three hard drives taken from the home where he lives with his wife.

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