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April 1, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Mason County man charged with child porn apparently kills self

A man who was found dead in the water near the Bremerton marina on Tuesday morning had been charged one day earlier with possession of child pornography, according to law-enforcement sources and court records.

Investigators say the death appears to have been a suicide.

Frank E. McDonald, 52,  of Belfair, was charged in Mason County Superior Court on Monday with three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged  in sexually explicit conduct, court documents show.

In the declaration of probable cause, prosecutors alleged  McDonald downloaded pictures of children engaged in sexual acts with adults on multiple occasions. Prosecutors also said police found printed copies of such images in McDonald’s home.

The charges were filed after an investigation sparked by information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which reported in January that an IP address registered to McDonald had uploaded known images of child pornography on multiple occasions in December.

The Kitsap County Coroner’s Office said the cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

 

| Topics: Belfair, Bremerton, child porn


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