Man accused of sending porn to WA sex offenders

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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- A Lakewood man charged with possessing child pornography may have been sending images to inmates of the Special Commitment Center for sex predators on McNeil Island.

The News Tribune reports 50-year-old Michael A. Tharp was charged last week in federal court in Tacoma and is being held at the federal detention center in SeaTac.

Investigators write in court papers that some commitment center residents said they sent Tharp money for child pornography. Tharp denied distributing child pornography and said he provided legal research services.

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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com