Clinton man pleads guilty to child porn charges

A 28-year-old is facing prison time for having child pornography on an online file storage service, according to court records.

A 28-year-old Clinton man is facing prison time for having child pornography on an online file storage service, according to court records.

Christopher A. Knowles pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court March 29 to two counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first degree.

Under the terms of the plea bargain, the prosecution and defense will recommend that the judge sentence him to two years in prison, which is below the standard sentencing range, in exchange for Knowles completing a sexual deviancy evaluation and being amenable to treatment.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 26.

According to the police report, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report last year from Dropbox Inc., which runs an online file storage service, that an account holder uploaded child pornography.

The company compares uploaded files to known algorithms of child porn. An examiner at the center was able to geo-locate the IP address to Clinton and therefore the Island County Sheriff’s Office was alerted.

A detective reviewed the videos and found that 180 met the criteria as child pornography. The children in the videos were between the ages of 2 and 13 and were being raped by adult men in most of the videos.

A search warrant for Dropbox yielded hundreds more videos of child porn, as well as images of Knowles co-mingled with the illegal pornographic files, the report states.

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