Kelso Man had one of Largest Collections of Child Pornography Prosecuted in Western Washington

BENNY LYLE HILL, 60, of Kelso, Washington, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 32 months in prison and 15 years of supervised release for Possession of Child Pornography. According to court documents HILL possessed more than 1,300 CDs of child pornography. Investigators found HILL’s email address, “Stoned_coach,” while investigating another child pornography suspect on the east coast. In the course of the investigation agents learned that HILL was a long time Little League baseball coach in the Kelso area. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton said, “I cannot overstate the revulsion in our community, nor the serious and insidious impact on our culture, or how these offenses raise levels of fear in our society. The joy of childhood is constrained by parents who are scared to death by the people who are inspired, motivated, and titillated by those who possess this material. People collect, trade, and organize this material in the same way kids used to collect, trade and organize baseball cards. But it is illegal to collect this kind of material for a reason–because there are real victims in the pictures they trade.”

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  • Seattle Man Arrested for Child Pornography, Was Employed in Information Technology at Seattle Children’s Theatre

    WILLIAM EDGAR HOKE, 38, of Seattle, Washington, was arrested yesterday and charged with possession of child pornography.  Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) served search warrants at HOKE's Seattle home and at his worksite, the Seattle Children's Theatre.  HOKE was arrested at his home as part of an ongoing investigation into individuals using password protected websites to post and trade child pornography.  HOKE is being held at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac, pending a detention hearing at 3:30 today in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler.

                At this time there is no indication that HOKE had unsupervised contact with children at Seattle Children's Theatre. 

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