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June 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Snoqualmie Valley substitute teacher arrested in child-porn case

A substitute teacher for the Snoqualmie Valley School District was arrested on Friday for investigation of possessing child pornography, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office said the investigation into the 64-year-old North Bend man began in May when authorities were alerted to a link on the man’s Facebook page that led to child pornography or information about child pornography.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and seized the man’s computers, which allegedly contained numerous photographs and videos of sexually explicit images of children, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. West said in a news statement released on Tuesday that investigators found the images “disturbing.” West said it appeared that the images were downloaded from the Internet and not taken by the man himself.

The investigation will be forwarded to prosecutors, who will determine whether charges will be filed, West said. The Times is not naming the man because he has not been charged.

According to school district spokeswoman Carolyn Malcolm, the man has not worked for the district since deputies notified school authorities of the investigation.

The man, who is no longer in custody, does not appear to have prior criminal convictions, West said.

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