July 15, 2013 at 3:35 PM
Kent attorney pleads guilty to child pornography charges
A suspended Washington attorney who had practiced family law in Kent has pleaded guilty in federal court to production, receipt and possession of child pornography, including thousands of photos and videos of nude young boys.
David Scott Engle, 49, of Maple Valley, faces a mandatory-minimum 15-year prison term when he appears for sentencing before U.S. District Judge James Robarts on Oct. 21.
According to federal prosecutors, Engle was involved in youth baseball.
According to court documents, Engle drew the attention of law-enforcement agencies investigating an unnamed international film- production company that offered DVDs and streaming videos for sale, much of it involving young boys in sexually explicit poses or activities. According to records gathered by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Engle made 184 separate purchases from the site between 2005 and 2011.
A search warrant at Engle’s home and a storage locker turned up more than 500 videos of Engle sexually molesting a boy under the age of 16, according to federal prosecutors. Investigators also found evidence he has molested another young teenager. Those cases are being prosecuted in King County Superior Court.
An examination of computers, DVDs and other computer data-storage devices turned up tens of thousands of images and videos of child pornography, according to charges filed when he was arrested in November 2012.
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