Olympia man convicted of production of child pornography

Staff writerMay 14, 2014 

A 47-year-old Olympia man faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison after his conviction in federal court, Tuesday, of production and possession of child pornography.

Michael T. Laursen supplied a 16-year-old girl with drugs, initiated a sexual relationship with her and took photos of her while engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to court records filed in connection with the case.

U.S. District Judge Robert J. Bryan in Tacoma convicted Laursen Tuesday at the end of a two-day bench trial.

Laursen was accused in court papers of encouraging the 16-year-old to miss school and run away from home during a relationship with her that began in 2012, according to court papers. He met the girl through her relatives, court papers state.

Laursen's sentencing is scheduled for August 8, in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445; jpawloski@theolympian.com

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