A Tumwater man has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges after he was linked to an international investigation and was later found posting explicit photos on Facebook.
Donald Paul Ferrari, 77, pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit activity. He had initially been charged with 15 counts.
Ferrari wore shackles as he appeared in Thurston County Superior Court. Prosecutors are recommending 61 months in prison followed by 36 months of probation. Ferrari, who has no criminal history, will be required to register as a sex offender. He will remain in jail until sentencing, which is scheduled for March 23.
Court documents give the following account:
The United States Postal Investigation Service and foreign law enforcement were investigating a movie production company (located outside the U.S.) that was the subject of more than 20 complaints regarding the sale of child pornography. Most of the films featured young boys and were marketed as “naturist films from around the world.”
In May 2011, law enforcement seized hundreds of DVDs, photos, computers and records from the company, including customer order histories. Films were being shipped to customers worldwide, and investigators found that Ferrari had bought videos in December 2006 and January 2007.
In Feb. 2013, U.S. postal inspectors executed a search warrant of Ferrari’s apartment in the 5700 block of Sixth Avenue Southwest in Tumwater with support from the Washington State Patrol and Tumwater police.
In an interview with law enforcement, Ferrari admitted to ordering the videos. He also admitted to having a sexual interest in girls age 7-14, but denied any sexual contact with anyone under age 18. Ferrari admitted to multiple incidents of questionably inappropriate contact with children over a period of several decades, according to court documents.