Former Lynden police officer pleads not guilty to child porn charges

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 2, 2014 

Glunt Arraignment

Former Lynden police officer Donald Glunt appears in Whatcom Superior Court in Bellingham, Friday morning, May 2, 2014, to be arraigned on charges of possessing child pornography.

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A former Lynden police officer accused of having child pornography on his work cellphone pleaded not guilty to those charges at his arraignment Friday, May 2, in Whatcom County Superior Court.

Donald Glunt, 57, is facing charges of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, after an investigation turned up nude photos of a 16-year-old girl from Texas on his work cellphone.

A sergeant with the police department discovered the photos after excessive data use on Glunt's work cellphone raised red flags. Glunt told investigators with the Washington State Patrol that he had communicated with the Texas girl on his personal laptop, his work laptop, his work desktop and his personal and work cellphones, according to court documents. State Patrol collected and got search warrants for seven electronic devices.

Glunt resigned from the Lynden Police Department April 21, after working as an officer there for 34 years. He was arrested April 25.

Glunt was quiet and composed in the courtroom Friday morning, providing brief answers to the court commissioner and signing documents with his attorney, Mark Kaiman. Kaiman refused to comment after the arraignment.

A pre-trial hearing for Glunt has been set for July 9, with a tentative trial date of July 21. Glunt is out of Whatcom County Jail after posting $10,000 bail.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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