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Former Kent family practice attorney charged with possession of child pornography

Post by Alexis Krell / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
November 6, 2012 6:56 pm

A family law attorney who used to practice in Kent appeared in court today on a federal criminal complaint charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

David S. Engle, 49 of Maple Valley, was arrested today, and appeared in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Engle caught law enforcement attention after an investigation of an international movie production company that had a website advertising the sale of DVDs and streaming videos depicting young boys in sexually explicit activity, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Engle allegedly bought 78 items from the site for a total of almost $3,000, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Agents shut down the business in May 2011 when they seized its inventory and records, and the company and its owners are being prosecuted for child exploitation offenses such as producing and distributing child pornography.

Engle is in custody pending a Nov. 9 hearing.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said in its release that, based on information on the Internet,  Engle is “heavily involved” in youth baseball. He is or was the District 4 Commissioner for the Southern Washington Babe Ruth Leagues, the coach for the Mid-Sound Pilot Select Bronco baseball team of 11- and 12-year-olds, the president of Maple Valley Pony Baseball and Fast Pitch, and the assistant to the Mount Rainier Baseball Association’s vice president of Babe Ruth Leagues, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, whose agents executed a search warrant at Engle’s residence today.

Receipt of child pornography is punishable by a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison and up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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