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September 8, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Former Belfair PTA president gets 23 years in prison for child pornography

The former president of a Mason County elementary school PTA has been sentenced to 23 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised released after pleading guilty to four child-pornography charges in an investigation that turned up video of him raping an 8-year-old child in a school classroom.

David Michael Navarro, 38, was arrested last year after police in Denmark and Australia joined the FBI in tracking down that video and others which had caught the attention of law enforcement officials in those countries.

One of the videos was apparently shot with an iPhone 5, and a detective from the Danish National Police was able to cull GPS data from the video that indicated it had been taken at or near the Belfair Elementary School on the Kitsap Peninsula. The video apparently was taken in May 2013, according to court documents.

The Danish police posted the information on an Interpol site that was used by police in Queensland, Australia, to identify additional videos. The Danish police were able to determine the child victim’s first name and that she was 8 years old, according to the complaint.

The Australians were able to identify an email address, which was used by the FBI to identify Navarro. A counselor at the school identified the young girl as a Belfair student from a “sanitized” photograph taken from one of the videos.

According to a plea agreement, Navarro produced multiple videos of himself raping and molesting a young child between November 2011 and May 2013.  Some of the videos seized from a camera, a computer, his iPhone and other devices also showed a second young victim, and one video depicted Navarro engaged in sexually explicit conduct while seated next to an unidentified child on an airplane.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Navarro was in possession of more than 700 images and 157 videos of child pornography. Navarro said he shared much of the material over the Internet, trading for other images of child pornography.

Investigators also found videos showing Navarro masturbating in public and taking surreptitious photos of women’s underwear in various public settings, including school libraries and a car repair shop.

According to a statement from the North Mason School District, Navarro was the past president of the school’s Parent-Teachers Association who, according to school officials, had passed a background check.

The complaint mentions that Navarro was arrested in May 2009 by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office on charges of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor, but that the charges were dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence.

At sentencing Monday,  U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle said “it is almost impossible to conjure up any offense more serious than what you’ve done.

“Your sentence pales in comparison to the lifetime of nightmares and psychological harm your victims will suffer,” he said.

U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan said Navarro was a dangerous sexual predator. “We are safer because of this much deserved prison sentence.”

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