Washington state

Ex-official pleads guilty in sex case

SEATTLE - Larry Corrigan, the former financial director of the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to arrange sex and having sexual chats online with someone he believed were two teenage girls.

Corrigan could face a standard sentence of up to 2 1/2 years in prison for one count of attempted child molestation in the second degree and one count of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 4.

After entering his plea, Corrigan was handcuffed by King County jail guards and taken to jail.

Prosecutors alleged that Corrigan, 54, used two America Online screen names to chat with an undercover officer who was posing as a 13-year-old girl. Corrigan sent the fictitious girl pornography and arranged to meet her at a video store on Capitol Hill last November, where police arrested him.

The second charge, just added Tuesday, involves another attempt to communicate over the Internet with an officer purporting to be a 14-year-old girl, said Joan Cavagnaro, Snohomish County chief criminal deputy prosecutor.

Corrigan has also been accused of misappropriating more than $70,000 from King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng's campaign committee.