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October 20, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ex-Northshore teacher charged with possessing child porn

King County prosecutors charged a 72-year-old substitute teacher on Monday with three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct after his computer was seized earlier this month when a technician allegedly found pornographic images of children on an iMac the man brought in for repair.

Kurtis Kasner, who was booked into jail on Oct. 15, remains in custody in lieu of $500,000 bail, jail records show. A spokeswoman for the Northshore School District, where Kasner worked in 13 of 20 elementary schools this year, said last week that the district removed Kasner from its “sub pool” after being notified by Kirkland police of the allegations against him.

According to Kirkland police, took his computer to a Kirkland computer shop on Oct. 3 for repair. The computer was later sent to the company’s Issaquah store, according to the charges.

The technician assigned to work on the computer cleaned up dozens of applications, then began checking to see if he had fixed the problem, the charges allege. The first icon he clicked on brought up photos of naked children, both boys and girls, and images of children engaged in sex, according to charges. The technician immediately contacted his supervisor, who then took the computer back to the Kirkland store and called police, it says.

Kasner was a teacher in California for 30 years before working as a substitute teacher here, beginning in 2000, charging papers say. Kirkland police found numerous images of naked children, both girls and boys, and images of children engaged in sexual conduct on Kasner’s computer and an external hard drive, charging papers say.

In addition to the high bail amount, prosecutors asked that should Kasner be released pending trial, that he be ordered to have “no contact with any minors without exception” and to not use any Internet-connected electronic devices unless a monitoring system is installed and tracked by a state-certified, sexual-deviancy treatment provider, charging papers say.

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