Bail was set at $250,000 for Raymond D. Arrington, a 68-year-old Olympia man suspected of possessing child pornography.
Arrington appeared before Thurston County Superior Court Judge Carol Murphy on Friday afternoon, and the judge found probable cause for one felony charge: second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Deputy prosecutor Mark Thompson told the judge that he believes this charge may be “just the beginning.” Arrington was convicted on two counts of first-degree child molestation in 1990 and is a registered sex offender.
Court documents give the following account of the events leading to his arrest:
An Olympia Police Department detective began investigating Arrington after a woman reported that she had seen pornographic images in Arrington’s home.
She had been visiting, and he asked her if she wanted to see something. He then allegedly pulled up a slideshow of pornographic images depicting girls under the age of 18 and began masturbating.
The woman said she had seen what she believed to be child pornography in Arrington’s home on another occasion. She reported seeing photos of young girls while she was searching for batteries.
Police searched Arrington’s apartment and found child pornography. Arrington told the officers that it was his First Amendment right to look at the images.
A detective reported that his apartment was also filled with collectible toys, board games and children’s movie posters.
Arrington was arrested and booked into the Thurston County Jail.