A Birch Bay man must serve five years in prison for sharing child pornography on a peer-to-peer network, a Whatcom County judge ruled Thursday, May 26.
In early 2015, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent uncovered three pornographic videos on a file-sharing network, Ares, that were being shared by a computer in a motor home park on Jackson Road, according to court records.
The videos showed girls — with ages estimated at 7, 8, and 11 — performing sexual acts with grown men. One video lasted about 1 ½ minutes. The others went on for about a quarter-hour.
Local and federal officers served a warrant on the Birch Bay home on the morning of March 20, 2015. They found the computer belonged to Joshua Ray Little, 35.
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At first, Little said he’d unknowingly downloaded files with child pornography. Later he admitted he preferred to look at girls around 12 or 13 years old. He told investigators he had looked at child porn in the past, but he’d “tried really, really hard not to in the past couple months.”
An investigation of his electronics turned up 23 videos and a half-dozen images of “what was clearly minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct,” according to a report by the state Department of Corrections.
Formal charges were filed in January 2016.
Little pleaded guilty two months later to four felonies for possessing, viewing and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He had no felony history, though he has five misdemeanors on his record, each from over a decade ago in Benton County.
Judge Ira Uhrig handed down a term of five years in prison on Thursday, as suggested by the plea deal. The judge asked the defendant if he had anything to say, before being sentenced.
“Just that it’ll never happen again,” Little said.