Captain Rob Huss
Government and Media Relations
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*** For Immediate Release***
Suspect Arrested in Child Porn Investigation
Pierce County – Detectives from the Washington State Patrol (WSP) Missing and Exploited Children’s Task Force (MECTF) arrested a Kent man early Thursday morning on charges of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography.
MECTF began the investigation in mid-January based on a tip from the Seattle Internet Crimes against Children Task Force (ICAC). Detectives located evidence that 63-year old Dean S. Porter had engaged in the trading of sexually explicit images and videos involving underage children. The images depicted young girls ranging in age from approximately 6 to 17 years old and were traded using the internet.
Detectives traced the images to a computer at Porter’s residence on 46th Ave. South in Kent. A search warrant was executed Thursday at which time additional images and videos were located. Porter was arrested without incident and booked into the King County Jail.
There is no evidence at this time that Porter engaged in direct molestation of victims, instead trafficking in images created by others. He is not believed to have had routine contact with children in connection with employment nor been in any position of adult trust.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
MECTF is a multi-agency task force within the WSP comprised of detectives from the WSP and the Lakewood Police Department. MECTF provides support to local agencies across the state in cases involving missing and abducted children and child exploitation.