Ex-Walla Walla judge accused of child pornography

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WALLA WALLA — A man who was a district court judge in Walla Walla in the 1990s will represent himself in a child pornography case.

John P. Junke appeared in Walla Walla Superior Court on Monday for a hearing. He'll be arraigned later before an outside judge brought in to hear the case.

The 70-year-old was charged in December with possessing child pornography after sexual images of children were found on a computer he took to a repair shop.

The Union-Bulletin reports he could face more than six years in prison if convicted.

Junke served as a Walla Walla County District Court judge from 1991 through 1994. The lawyer resigned from the state Bar Association in 2004 to avoid being disbarred for having a romantic relationship with a client.