Port Angeles man given 6½-year jail term for viewing child porn
By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News
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Kevin Alden Clark, 47, was sentenced last week to 77 months in prison and 36 months’ community custody, according to Clallam County Superior Court records.
Clark had pleaded guilty Sept. 24 to seven counts of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
He was arrested at the library at 2210 S. Peabody St. in September 2012 with three digital thumb drives later found to contain images of minors engaged in sexual activity, police said.
Clark changed his not-guilty plea after several trial delays prompted by the time it took to secure a mental evaluation for Clark and discussions between the prosecution and the defense over whether Clark’s taped conversation with a Port Angeles police officer were admissible in a jury trial, according to Superior Court documents.
Superior Court Judge George L. Wood ultimately ruled that the recorded conversation was admissible, according to court documents.
Clark, who remained in the Clallam County jail Saturday, also was ordered to undergo sexual deviancy treatment in prison and to stay away from the Port Angeles Library.
A police arrest report gave this account of the events leading to Clark’s arrest:
Library technician Gabriel Kitts received a complaint Aug. 24, 2012, that a man, later identified as Clark, was viewing child pornography on one of the library’s public computers.
Kitts later confirmed this by viewing the screen of the computer Clark was using through a staff computer.
On Sept. 13, a plainclothes police officer saw Clark viewing pictures and video of what appeared to be minor girls engaged in sexual conduct.
Library system computers have adult content filters on by default, though any library patron 18 and older can ask for the filters to be turned off, library staff have said.
Police confirmed that Clark often asked for the adult content filters to be turned off on public computers he was using.
After Clark’s arrest, he told police he had a long history of viewing sexually explicit images and movies, and printed out several photos depicting minors engaged in sexual acts.
Clark told police these photos could be found at his home near his bed.
Police found the photos after executing a search warrant.
Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last modified: October 26. 2013 5:37PM