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Nearly one and a half years for Hoquiam man with child porn


A Hoquiam man convicted of possessing child pornography will spend nearly one and a half years in prison.

Jason W. Parks, 35, was sentenced Friday in Grays Harbor County Superior Court to one year, five months in prison for two counts of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A first-degree charge for possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

The prosecutor’s agreed recommendation in the plea was one year, three months in prison, the middle of Parks’ standard sentencing range of one year, one month and one year, five months.

“It appears the defendant is at least attempting to take real responsibility for his actions,” Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecutor Katie Svoboda wrote in her sentencing statement. “The state believes that incarceration at the middle of the standard range will hopefully get the point across that these crimes are serious and will not be tolerated.”

Parks was arrested after a tip forwarded from the website Tumblr prompted a Washington State Patrol investigation.

A user with the screen name “daddyinneed” had posted 13 images of nude or partially nude pre-pubescent girls from multiple logins. The investigation found the images had been uploaded from a hotel in Ocean Shores and Parks’ home.

He was arrested at his home Jan. 28. Parks told detectives his Tumblr account had recently been deactivated, and he had used five other accounts on the site to search for girls. He said he used a phone app called Kik to trade child pornography.

“I like to give people what they want,” he told police, according to court documents.

He said he used the app to exchange images of children ages 5 to 18.

“I don’t see myself with them,” he allegedly said, but added it was “wrong” and “horrible” to have such images.

Parks is currently charged relating to three of the images, but some others that were found on accounts accessed from his phone and computer show children as young as 4.

His attorney, David Mistachkin, wrote in his sentencing statement that Parks was “ashamed” of the images.

“Mr. Parks tried to be a good husband and father and clearly succeeded. According to his wife, she had no idea he was viewing child pornography,” Mistachkin wrote. “Mr. Parks is extremely remorseful for his conduct. His deepest regret is that his actions have torn apart his family and taken him away from them.”

Judge David Edwards sentenced Parks to the top of his standard range.

 

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