Child porn trial moved to July

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WALLA WALLA — The trial for a man accused of dealing in and possessing child pornography has been postponed a second time in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

David N. Polk, 55, of 427 S.E. Eighth St., College Place, now is scheduled to face a jury July 10 and 11. The proceedings initially were slated to begin March 4, then were delayed until this Tuesday.

The latest rescheduling comes at the request of Polk’s attorney, Andrea Burkhart, who wrote in a court declaration she needs more time to investigate and to complete interviews with prospective witnesses before taking the case to trial.

Polk has pleaded innocent to five counts of second-degree dealing in and four counts of second-degree possessing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

College Place police served a search warrant at Polk’s home about a year ago and allegedly found slides and computer images of four teenage girls — who lived in Walla Walla — exposing themselves.

Polk took the pictures in the mid-1980s, according to a College Place police report filed in court.

He is accused of duplicating and disseminating nude pictures of juvenile girls to two people in 2011.

Polk also allegedly copied many digitized images from one computer hard drive to another.

Burkhart maintains in a court document, “The primary dispute at issue in this case is the age of the women depicted in certain ‘glamour’ photographs” seized from Polk’s home and computer.

Burkhart acknowledged the women purportedly have told police they were underage when the photos were taken. But she added that the slides are date-stamped, apparently by the film processor, placing the women well past the age of 18.

She added that some local law enforcement officers Polk was acquainted with at the time sanctioned and assisted in the photography. The females in the photos were not underage, “but rather were adult women who voluntarily sought out Mr. Polk to take their photographs,” Burkhart wrote.

Polk was arrested Dec. 6 at his residence. Bail was set at $25,000.

He was released from the County Jail pending further court appearances after a bail bond was posted the following day.

He reportedly is the founder and primary moderator of the “Walla Walla Sweet Onion Burger” Facebook page.

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

Comments

BluMtn 1 year, 4 months ago

Is this guy still running the Walla Walla Sweet Onion Facebook page ?

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