A 27-year-old Chehalis man has been charged with possessing child pornography in Lewis County Superior Court.
Joshua Neal Hensley was arrested by the Chehalis Police Department Thursday after the alleged discovery of up to 13 images on a memory card depicting suspected minors.
Hensley was in Lewis County Superior Court Friday for an initial appearance. The Jackson Highway resident is being held in the Lewis County Jail on $20,000 bail ordered by Judge Richard Brosey.
Possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000.
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Hensley will be represented by Centralia attorney Don McConnell.
According to charging documents filed by the Lewis County Prosecutor's Office:
Chehalis police received a report that Hensley had assaulted a woman March 21. The 26-year-old woman told police Hensley had grabbed her and thrown her on the ground during a domestic dispute at her Chehalis home.
The woman then told police that she had seen child pornography on Hensley's laptop computer.
Officers returned to the home at about 10:15 p.m. and arrested Hensley.
The woman reported that Hensley's ex-girlfriend had seen similar pornographic material. Detectives met with the ex-girlfriend March 23. She said she had observed photos of young girls in sexual poses.
On April 12, the woman who initiated the investigation reported that she was in possession of a video gaming system that belonged to Hensley. She said her children were playing it when depictions of child pornography appeared.
The Moses Lake Police Department collected the memory card and sent it to Chehalis Police.
On June 14, a Washington State Patrol Computer Forensics Lab Detective identified images of suspected minors on the memory card.
A registered nurse practitioner was asked to review the photos and identify suspected minors. Although she believed the card contained 13 images of females under the age of 18, she selected four that clearly showed minor females with exposed genitals.
Hensley is scheduled to make another appearance in Lewis County Superior Court Thursday.
Lewis County Prosecutor Michael Golden said although he would prefer to charge Hensley for each image, state law prevents prosecutors from piling on charges based on the total number of images or videos found.
Golden said he plans to bring the issue to the Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys when it meets to discuss a legislative agenda next month.
"I don't think that we are currently allowed to charge him properly for the conduct he's committed," Golden said.
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