A 47-year-old former Wisconsin resident is facing felony sex charges after being formally charged in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on May 16. The charges against the man include one count of failure to register as a sex offender and one count of possession of underage pornography.
According to court records, the charges stemmed from an incident in February 2013, when the Port Angeles police in Seattle reportedly received a tip that the man was viewing underage pornography at the Peninsula College library. Police then allegedly found images of children involved in explicit sex acts after searching the man's email account.
The man was subsequently arrested on March 13, 2013, after it became apparent that the man had failed to register as a sex offender once he had moved to Port Angeles. Court documents state that further evidence was also discovered indicating the man had been allegedly chatting with young girls about sexually explicit activity. He was then charged on March 13, 2013, on multiple sex charges including communicating with a minor for immoral purposes, possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and failure to register as a sex offender.
A spokesperson for the United States Attorney's Office in Seattle stated that her office had decided to pursue the case on a federal level after discovering that the man had failed to register as a sex offender in several states, including Wisconsin and Kentucky, after a 2008 conviction in military court for knowingly possessing underage pornography while stationed in Iraq as part of the Army National Guard. The man remains behind bars at the Federal Detention Center in Sea Tac, Washington.
Those who have been charged with federal crimes may find it helpful to seek the advice of an experienced criminal attorney who may be able to assist them in establishing a strong criminal defense.
Source: peninsuladailynews.com, "Port Angeles man charged in federal court with child porn possession" Jeremy Schwartz, Jun. 01, 2014