Bremerton man charged with three counts of child pornography

A 55-year-old Bremerton man is facing three counts of dealing in child porn, after a Kitsap County Sheriff’s Detective found images which appear to depict children, some as young as three years old, engaging in sexual acts.

Charges were filed against Todd W. Vaughn on Aug. 30 for three counts of dealing in depictions of minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct in the first degree, charging documents say.

In October 2016, a tip from the Internet Crimes Against Children task force was sent to a Bremerton police detective who filed the report as evidence. Again in December 2016, the detective received another report from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children which stated that an individual attempted to use Google to upload an image of child pornography. The report also included an IP Address.

After determining that the home linked to the IP address was outside of Bremerton Police Department jurisdiction, the case was forwarded to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arriving at the address, a detective found an elderly woman who claimed she didn’t use a computer, but her son, Todd Vaughn, did. Upon further investigation, the detective found that images containing child pornography were uploaded to a Google+ account which had an email address as well as a phone number Vaughn later admitted to owning. KCSO served a warrant at Vaughn’s place of work, Tin Man’s Second Hand in Port Orchard, on July 24, seizing his phone.

A forensic search of Vaughn’s phone allegedly turned up evidence of images of pornography which appeared to involve minors. There were allegedly messages on Vaughn’s phone which indicate he had been in contact with minors for “immoral purposes,” according to the document.

Vaughn is scheduled to appear in Kitsap County Superior Court on Oct. 23 for an omnibus hearing. A trial is scheduled for Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.

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