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Registered sex offender indicted for possessing images of child sexual abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Washington
Defendant with child rape conviction from Kitsap County found to have images of child sexual abuse and unapproved electronic devices

Seattle – A 52-year-old Des Moines, Washington, man, who is a registered sex offender, was indicted by a grand jury this week for possession of images of child sexual abuse, announced U.S. Attorney Tessa M. Gorman. Edward James Creed, was on Washington State Department of Corrections supervision when he was found to have unapproved electronic devices in his residence and images of child sexual abuse on his phone. Because of his prior conviction, Creed faces a mandatory minimum ten-year sentence if convicted. He will be arraigned on the charge next week.

According to records filed in the case, Creed previously served nearly ten years in state custody for a 2008 Kitsap County conviction for rape of a child. He was released in 2017 but was returned to custody for a time in 2019. In March of 2024, a community corrections review of his phone revealed that he had collected images of child sexual abuse. After his arrest, a search of his room at the sex offender residence revealed that he had a number of unapproved electronic devices. Those devices are still being forensically analyzed.

The charges contained in the indictment are only allegations. A person is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Washington State Department of Corrections. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Cecelia Gregson.

Contact

Press contact for the U.S. Attorney’s Office is Communications Director Emily Langlie at (206) 553-4110 or Emily.Langlie@usdoj.gov.

Updated June 13, 2024

Topic
Project Safe Childhood