Trial date set in child porn case

Rostislav V. Bondarenko is accused of possessing and dealing in child pornography.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to sharing child pornography over the Internet in 2010.

Rostislav V. Bondarenko, 25, is set for trial in Superior Court starting June 26 on charges of first-degree possessing and first-degree dealing in depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

While living in College Place in August 2010, he allegedly shared child pornography with a covert FBI agent in Salt Lake City.

The FBI investigation tracked the location -- from which the computer files were sent -- to an apartment where Bondarenko had been staying in the 200 block of Northeast Birch Avenue in College Place, according to officials. The next month, Bondarenko reportedly moved to Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Authorities served search warrants at the College Place apartment and his dorm room at EWU and seized seven computer hard drives. "A forensic search of the hard drives found that four of the devices contained child pornography," according to a College Place police report filed in court.

Most of the images Bondarenko allegedly shared depict sexual abuse of children by adults, children engaging in sexual activity with other children, and children posing nude in sexually explicit poses.

Bondarenko was arrested April 5 in College Place, but was released from the Walla Walla County Jail after bond was posted the next day.

His jail booking sheet says he was born in Russia and is a student at Walla Walla University.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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