David Polk appeals child porn convictions, sentencing

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WALLA WALLA — David N. Polk is appealing his eight child-pornography convictions and the exceptionally long 10-year sentence he was handed this week.

The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

The case will be reviewed by the state Court of Appeals based in Spokane. It likely will take months for the court to rule.

Issues that Polk, 56, will raise are not outlined in the one-page appeal notice.

But he said Monday before he was sentenced by Judge Scott Wolfram that his July trial was unfair.

Also, his attorney Andrea Burkhart earlier had disputed the number of charges Polk should have faced, and claimed his offender score for sentencing purposes should have been calculated to result in a much shorter prison term of 15-20 months.

Officials said Polk had taken nude photos of four teenage girls in the 1980s. The girls were not yet 18.

He kept and copied some of the pictures, then emailed three of them to a stranger in December 2011.

Such pictures and slides were found at his College Place home the following June when police served a search warrant.

At the end of a two-day trial July 10 of this year, a jury found Polk guilty of four counts of second-degree dealing in and four counts of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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

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