• Man facing child porn charges after 'gingerbread house' found in Snoqualmie forest

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    A Mill Creek man is facing charges after a treehouse was found in the Snoqualmie National Forest with child pornography hanging on the walls inside.

    KIRO 7 News first reported on the discovery off the middle fork of the Snoqualmie River in February. The unauthorized treehouse was reported by an employee of the Department of Natural Resources, according to court documents. A DNR worker took a couple of the photographs off the wall to show law enforcement and called the King County Sheriff's Office.

    The DNR employee took a detective to the treehouse, which was described in court documents as "an elaborate tree house that resembled a fairy or gingerbread house." The treehouse was about 8 feet off the ground with a porch surrounding it.

    KIRO 7 is talking to the DNR employee. Watch the report at 5:30 p.m. on-air or online here

    Image: FBI
    Image: FBI

    Investigators say that inside the treehouse they found photographs of naked young girls framed on the walls. There was also a bed, food, supplies, a book and an electronic keyboard.
    They found an envelope with more pornographic images.
    The King County Sheriff's Office handed the case over to the FBI to investigate. The FBI sent KIRO 7 new photos of the house on Monday.

    The FBI searched the cabin in April 2017 and collected items to test for fingerprints and DNA to find out who built the cabin.

    They took construction photos, smoking material, bedding, glasses, photos of girls, bags of batteries and glass from the photograph frames.

    They sent the items to the FBI laboratory in Quantico.

    Federal investigators also talked to a Search and Rescue volunteer who said he had seen an SUV near the cabin on multiple occasions, and he had the license plate information. Investigators tracked down the owner of the vehicle and watched him.

    They took a swab from the handle of his motorcycle. They later got a paper drinking cup he discarded. Those items were also sent to the lab in Quantico.

    According to court documents, the items tested at Quantico positively identified the 56-year-old Mill Creek man. Court records show Daniel Wood, of Mill Creek, has been charged with two counts of child pornography possession.

    FBI agents searched Woods condominium in Mill Creek in February and collected his computers, Amazon Fire, SD cards, Polaroid tablet, VHS tapes and video recorder.


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