Former Lynden officer suspected of having child porn released on bail, to appear in court Friday

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 28, 2014 

A former Lynden police officer who is suspected of possessing child pornography on his work cellphone is expected to be arraigned in Whatcom County Superior Court Friday morning, May 2.

Donald Merle Glunt, 57, was arrested last Friday on suspicion of possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and viewing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, after pornographic pictures of a 16-year-old Texas girl were found on his work phone earlier in the week, according to Washington State Patrol.

Glunt resigned April 21 from his job at the Lynden Police Department, where he had served as a patrol officer for more than three decades.

Glunt was booked into Whatcom County Jail on Saturday and was released on bail Sunday.

The police department called in the Washington State Patrol to investigate Glunt. No photos of minors aside from the Texas girl had surfaced by Friday, but other digital media belonging to Glunt has been seized. He could face more charges as the investigation unfolds.

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