SK man booked on child porn charges

A 66-year-old South Kitsap man was arrested this week for possessing child pornography after allegedly ordering a DVD on-line from an undercover law enforcement officer, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office reported.

Edward A. Kane appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday on one count of dealing child pornography, which is described as "sending, bringing into state and/or possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct."

He was booked into Kitsap County Jail Wednesday on $100,000 bail.

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 on-line by an undercover officer for the United States Postal Inspection Service.

According to Postal Inspector William Beaty, Kane asked to join the on-line group, and shortly afterwards 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.

After identifying Kane as the owner of the post office 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, Thursday, 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 Kitsap County Jail, and deputies searched his home, finding the items he described and placing them into evidence.

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