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Warrant served in child porn case

By Jessica Keller, The Courier-Herald

Buckley police offers and federal customs agents served a search warrant April 7 to a Buckley man under suspicion of trading child pornography photos.

Officers and agents descended upon the man's residence on Spiketon Road, searching the premises and confiscating two computers, Buckley Det. Jim Osborn said.

Osborn said the case originated overseas with the German National Police, who have an Internet monitoring system. German police came across the suspect in a chat room and offers to trade pictures of child pornography were made. Osborn said 12 photos, involving two children, were traded.

Because the case was international, the U.S. Customs Service was notified, and Buckley police were later told of the matter, Osborn said.

To learn the man's address, customs agents served a federal subpoena on a cable company, and then Buckley police wrote up a search warrant.

Osborn said police only spoke to the suspect briefly, before the man asked to speak to his attorney.

The computers and other items confiscated were taken to the Washington State Patrol forensics computer lab in Olympia. Charges against the man are pending until the computer lab results are returned, which could take up to a month or two, Osborn said.

Jessica Keller can be reached at jkeller@courierherald.com

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