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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Washington

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Former Bowling Coach Pleads Guilty to Production of Child Pornography

Defendant Admits He Traveled with Teen Bowlers, Drugged Them and took Pictures of Sexual Molestation

            The former coach of a South King County bowling team pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to production and possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  TY LEE TREDDENBARGER, 54, of Burien, Washington, admits he photographed and saved images of his molestation of minor victims between the ages of 13 and 16.  When sentenced by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on January 15, 2019, TREDDENBARGER faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and up to 30 years in prison.

            According to records filed in the case, in March 2017, a young victim disclosed the abuse to a parent.  The Des Moines Police Department and King County Prosecutor’s Office requested assistance from Homeland Security Investigations.  HSI and the Seattle Police Department executed court authorized search warrants at TREDDENBARGER’s residence, seizing electronic devices that contained images of the sexual abuse of children.  Law enforcement was able to identify two additional victims.  TREDDENBARGER is charged with three counts of production of child pornography -- one count for each of the victims -- and possession of child pornography.

          Some of those victimized by TREDDENBARGER have not been identified.  Authorities are asking anyone who has information to contact HSI Seattle at (206) 442-1469 or email information to hsiseattletips@ice.dhs.gov  

          The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations with assistance from the Des Moines Police Department and the Seattle Police Department.

          The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Cecelia Gregson.  Ms. Gregson is a Senior Deputy King County Prosecutor specially designated to prosecute child exploitation cases in federal court.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Public Affairs Officer Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.
Updated October 17, 2018