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October 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Maple Valley youth coach gets 25-year sentence in child-porn case

A one-time Washington attorney who had practiced family law in Kent has been sentenced to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for making, purchasing and possessing child pornography.

David S. Engle, 50, of Maple Valley, was arrested in November 2012 following an investigation by U.S. postal inspectors.  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.

Engle was active in youth baseball in the area.

Later, during an examination of computers and items in a storage locker, police found tens of thousands pornographic photographs, along with 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 teenage, prosecutors said. Those cases are being prosecuted in King County Superior Court.

“This is a heart-wrenching betrayal of trust of the victims and the community,” said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.  “While nothing can undo this damage, the long sentence will protect the community and sends a strong message about the horrendous acts.  Our advocates are resolved to do everything possible to support the victims as they deal with the horrific abuse.”

In asking for a long sentence, prosecutors noted that Engle was involved in youth baseball, and that he had betrayed that position of trust.

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