Arrest, plea in pair of child pornography cases

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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Updated: September 15, 2011, 9:40 PM

 

Police on Thursday arrested a local man for alleged child pornography and, in an unrelated case of the same type, said another man pleaded guilty in court.

After more than a year of investigating, officers with the Digital Evidence Cybercrime Unit on Thursday arrested James J. Blunt, 46, on suspicion of 607 counts of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, also known as possession of child pornography, according to a bulletin from the Vancouver Police Department.

Blunt also was arrested on suspicion of three counts of alleged dealing in child pornography, said police spokeswoman Kim Kapp. He was taken to the Clark County Jail.

The investigation began in May 2010, when officers with a search warrant raided a home in the 3500 block of Northeast 109th Avenue, in the Burton area.

Officers seized digital evidence from Blunt’s computer and took it to be processed by the DECU unit, which includes Vancouver police and Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

Blunt is to make a first appearance in court Friday, Kapp said.

In a similar but unrelated case, Kapp said, Matthew J. Moline, 28, on Thursday pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and was sentenced to 84 months in prison.

On March 31, DECU officers had searched Moline’s apartment in the 1800 block of Fourth Plain Boulevard and seized evidence, Kapp said.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.