Crime

Bellingham man gets 5 years for possessing ‘egregious’ child porn

A Bellingham man has been sentenced to 5 years in prison for his collection of “egregious” child pornography.

George Edward Blackmore, 32, of Darby Drive, stored images of children engaged in sexual acts on Dropbox.com, according to charging papers.

Police were tipped off about the files in March 2015, through the federally funded Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The agency classified the porn as Priority E for “egregious.”

A Bellingham police detective got warrants to search the account and a Hotmail.com address linked to it. The warrant turned up more than 150 videos and 100 images of children being sexually violated by adults and other children.

This is not a victimless crime. And I hope that … you begin to understand anytime someone accesses or possesses this kind of material, those victims are re-victimized.

Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis

U.S. Customs stopped Blackmore at a Blaine border crossing in the late afternoon of Sept. 15, 2015, as he reentered the United States with his girlfriend. His cellphone was searched, and Customs found a video showing a girl — aged about 2 to 5 — being raped.

A Bellingham detective responded to the border. Blackmore confessed to her that the videos belonged to him. He was arrested and charged with six counts of possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Blackmore pleaded guilty in February to three counts of the same crime. The other counts were dismissed in a plea deal.

Before his sentencing, he was interviewed in jail by a Department of Corrections investigator. Blackmore said about a year ago he met a guy in a chat room. They started exchanging “messed up” videos of people being tortured or dying. At some point the guy sent him child porn in one large downloadable file. Blackmore said he’d watched maybe a quarter of the videos but denied being aroused by the ones that showed rape.

The investigator asked why he watched them, then.

“Just because,” Blackmore said.

The defendant had no criminal history. Blackmore grew up in Oroville and Pateros before moving to Western Washington around 2003.

Outside of his day jobs — at grocery stores, a university dining hall, and T-Mobile — he worked as a DJ at local fetish-themed dance nights, where he used the name DJ Iscariot. Online, he was “great-destroyer.”

Superior Court Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis sentenced him this week to 60 months in prison, near the top of standard range of 46 to 61 months under Washington state law. The judge noted that Blackmore did not appear to have “much insight into the victims” in the videos.

“This is not a victimless crime,” Montoya-Lewis told the defendant. “And I hope that … you begin to understand anytime someone accesses or possesses this kind of material, those victims are re-victimized.”

None of the children in the videos have been identified, according to the Department of Corrections.

Blackmore’s statement to the judge lasted two words: “I’m sorry.”

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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