Jeffrey Wilson – Repeat Sex Offender – Charged for Child Porn

A Yakima man previously convicted of child molestation was arraigned Friday on child pornography charges.

After the arraignment, Jeffrey Wilson, 34, returned to jail, where he is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Wilson faces one count of possession of child pornography because Yakima police found pictures of underage girls on a computer in his home.

“I located hundreds of pictures of females that I believe are under the age of 18,” Yakima Police Officer Doug Robinson wrote in his report on the case. “I also counted 36 pictures of nude females that I believe are under the age of 16.”

Possession of child pornography is a Class B felony, meaning the maximum sentence upon conviction is 10 years, according to Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor Patti Powers. The actual sentence if Wilson is convicted will depend in part on his prior offenses, she said.

Wilson has an extensive criminal record, including convictions for domestic violence, hit and run and drug possession. He also was convicted in 1994 for first-degree child molestation, a charge stemming from 1990 when Wilson was 15 and had sexual contact with a girl under 12 years old, according to court documents.

The child pornography charge arose from an investigation into stolen vehicle parts. Yakima police believed Wilson was in possession of such parts and served a search warrant earlier this month on his West I Street residence, Capt. Greg Copeland said.

“We took the computer hard drives and the computers that were there, gave them to Robinson to check for any evidence of ongoing auto theft,” Copeland said. “When Robinson got in there he found child porn.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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