Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dad pleads guilty to possession of child porn (Thurston County, Washington)

Dad is identified as ALAN DALE BURNS.


Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

Posted: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 10:21 am
By The Olympian

A Rochester man has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography after he was arrested in an undercover investigation.

Alan Dale Burns, 34, appeared in shackles Monday at Thurston County Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Burns had initially been charged with 16 counts, but 14 of those counts were dismissed Monday as part of the plea agreement.

Prosecutors have recommended a sentence of 34 months in prison, followed by 36 months of community custody. Burns will be required to register as a sex offender and undergo sexual deviancy evaluation and treatment, according to the court. Sentencing is set for Feb. 9. In an undercover operation, the FBI Dallas Child Exploitation Task Force in Texas had obtained several images of child pornography from a computer with an IP address from Rochester, according to court documents.

The IP address was eventually linked to Burns. Thurston County Sheriff’s Office detectives obtained a search warrant and arrested Burns on Sept. 11 at his Rochester home. At the time of his arrest, Burns was actively deleting files from his computer and Internet browsing history, according to documents.

Many of the images depicted sexual assaults against infants and toddlers by adult males, according to documents, with the ages of the victims estimated between six months and 8 years old.

Burns is the father of twin 2-year-olds, according to detectives, and it is unknown at this time whether the children were involved in the images or abuse. Documents state that detectives had seized an external hard drive, three computers and thumb drives, and a forensic analysis is underway.