Monday, June 22, 2009

Richard Minifie Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Porn

A Woodinville health-insurance consultant faces up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography.

Richard L. Minifie, 44, changed his plea this morning in U.S. District Court in Seattle. Sentencing was set for October. He remains in custody.

Minifie was arrested June 5 at his Woodinville home by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who investigate Internet pornography cases. Prosecutors said he had about 600 explicit images on his computer.

Investigators first learned of Minifie's activities in March 2008 when they arrested a Virginia man and found evidence on his computer that he had traded hundreds of images online with Minifie.

After his prison term, Minifie will be on probation for 20 years and will have to register as a sex offender, prosecutors said.

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