South Kitsap man admits to buying child porn

A 66-year-old South Kitsap man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography after ordering a DVD online from an undercover law enforcement officer earlier this year will be sentenced next week.

Edward A. Kane was arrested last June at the Burley Post Office when law enforcement personnel delivered a DVD reportedly containing sexually explicit images of children to his postal box, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Following his arrest, Kane was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court with both possession of child pornography and bringing such materials into the state. Last month, he pleaded guilty to one count of each felony, which both carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

“I knowingly ordered and eventually received a DVD from another state which contained depictions of minors in sexually explicit situations,” Kane wrote in his change of plea agreement, also admitting to knowingly possessing hundreds more similar images already.

Kane will be sentenced Oct. 1, and the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office is recommending a sentence of 31 months, or just over 2.5 years. He is currently in Kitsap County Jail under a no-bail hold.

According to the probable cause statement filed by the Sheriff’s Office, Kane first came to the attention of authorities on May 14 when he responded to an advertisement posted online by an undercover officer for the United States Postal Inspection Service.

According to Postal Inspector William Beaty, Kane asked to join the online group, and shortly after began sending e-mails requesting DVDs containing child pornography. After being sent a list of available movies, Kane reportedly sent Beaty payment of $10 for the DVD he was interested in, and an envelope with a return address of a postal box in Burley, WA.

After identifying Kane as the owner of the postal box and a resident of Horseshoe Avenue in South Kitsap, Beaty then contacted Detective M.T. Rodrigue at the Sheriff’s Office on June 5.

The following day, Beaty told Rodrigue that a Priority Mail envelope containing a DVD with images of child pornography would be placed in Kane’s mail box, requiring his signature for pick-up.

When Kane arrived at the Burley Post Office shortly before noon to take possession of the movie, Rodrigue was waiting in the parking lot and placed him under arrest.

Kane agreed to talk and admitted he had purchased a DVD containing child pornography. He also reportedly admitted that he has been viewing and downloading similar images from his home computer for as long as he has had internet access at home, which he said was several years.

He estimated he had from 300 to 400 images, as well as a video, stored on CDs at his home.

Kane was then booked into jail, and deputies searched his home, finding the items he described and placing them into evidence.

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