Battle Ground man faces child pornography charges

He is accused of possessing, dealing multiple images

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A 61-year-old Battle Ground man is accused of possessing and dealing multiple images of child pornography on a peer-to-peer network.

Raymond T. May appeared in Clark County Superior Court on Wednesday on suspicion of 10 counts each of possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and dealing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

May was released after posting a $25,000 bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges Sept. 24. Judge Scott Collier appointed Vancouver attorney Chuck Buckley to defend him.

According to court documents, the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force contacted its sister task force in Seattle in February 2012 to notify it of an individual in Battle Ground who was distributing images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

A federal search warrant was served on May’s residence at 628 S.W. First Court in March 2012. Investigators concluded that May used a peer-to-peer program to seek out, send and receive at least nine images and video clips of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, court documents say.

He was arrested Tuesday by officers with Homeland Security Investigations.

Peer-to-peer programs allow two or more computers to connect and share resources via the same network.

Collier ordered May on Wednesday to refrain from contact with minors and not use the Internet while his case is pending in the court system.

May has no criminal history in the state, according to Washington Courts.