Family law attorney arrested on child porn charges

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SEATTLE —

A family law attorney who previously practiced in Kent was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of receipt and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said.

 

Durkan said Maple Valley man David S. Engle, 49, came to the attention of authorities following the investigation of an international movie production company that operated a website offering DVDs and streaming videos for sale. 

 

Authorities said the company’s materials depicted young boys engaging in sexually explicit activity. 

 

Between 2005 and 2011, investigators allege Engle purchased 78 different items from the website, spending nearly $3,000. 

 

Agents with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service executed a search warrant at Engle’s home Tuesday.

 

The movie production company was put out of business in May 2011, when agents seized its inventory and records.  The company and the owners of the company are being prosecuted for child exploitation offenses, including the production and distribution of child pornography.

 

According to information available on the Internet, Engle is heavily involved in youth baseball.  Durkan said Engle was the District 4 Commissioner for the Southern Washington Babe Ruth Leagues, the coach for the Mid-Sound Pilots Select Bronco baseball team for 11- and 12-year-olds, the president for Maple Valley Pony Baseball and Fast Pitch, and the Assistant to the Mount Rainier Baseball Association's Vice President of Babe Ruth Leagues.  Engle also appears to be associated with a business named 5 Star Baseball and Softball.

 

Receipt of child pornography is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

 

The case is being investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Marci Ellsworth.

 

Engle remains detained pending a hearing on Friday.