PA man charged with possessing child porn
May 30th, 2014 - 5:09pm
(Port Angeles) -- A Port Angeles man has been charged in federal court on a pair of charges, including knowingly possessing child pornography.
On May 16th, 47-year old Jeffrey Ray House was charged with two felony counts via criminal complaint in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.
House was also charged as a sex offender traveling in interstate commerce and failing to register as a sex offender.
Authorities say he was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshal and remains in a federal detention facility.
The case began in February 2013 when Port Angeles Police officers responded to a report of a subject viewing child pornography at Peninsula College's library.
A press release reveals it began a long term and complex criminal investigation that involved both patrol officers and detectives.
The investigation also involved the execution of search warrants, the seizing of computer and electronic evidence, and the subsequent analysis of evidence. Some of which, investigators say, showed House had chatted online with minors of sexual purposes.
During the investigation, authorities say it was determined that House had been previously convicted of crimes that are deemed sex offenses, and subsequently traveled between various states and on several occasions failed to register with law enforcement.
On March 13, 2013 House was arrested by the Port Angeles Department on felony charges related to his “failure to register”.
The case was accepted for prosecution by the Clallam County Prosecutor.
Late in the investigation Port Angeles Police Department detectives identified the federal nexus to the crimes and reached out to their federal partners.
Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and the US Marshal’s Service then joined the case.
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