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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Registered Sex Offender Sentenced to 35 Years in Prison for Possessing, Distributing and Attempting to Produce Images of Child Rape and Molestation

Defendant Contacted Dozens of Young Girls via the Internet Soliciting Sexually Explicit Images

          A registered sex offender with multiple prior convictions was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 35 years in prison, and lifetime supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  RAYMOND EARL DEVORE, 44, of Arlington, Washington, was convicted at a bench trial of possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, attempted production of child pornography, and attempted enticement of a minor.  At the sentencing hearing U.S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly found that DEVORE qualified for the 35 year mandatory minimum sentence because of his prior convictions.  “You weren’t just surfing the internet for child pornography,” said U. S. District Judge Thomas S. Zilly.  “You were really a predator, obsessed with connecting with young teens.”

 

            “This defendant has demonstrated repeatedly that he poses a grave risk to children,” said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  “Congress put in place significant mandatory minimum sentences for sex offenders with this kind of criminal history to ensure our communities are protected for as long as possible.”

 

            According to records filed in the case, DEVORE came to the attention of law enforcement in January 2015, when he was living at a residence for sex offenders under the supervision of the Washington State Department of Corrections.  Law enforcement learned that DEVORE had been sending text messages to a young teen-age girl in Oregon.  Investigators seized DEVORE’s phone and discovered hundreds of images of child molestation and rape.  The forensic examination also found a Dropbox account with additional images.  The investigation also revealed that DEVORE used a messaging app to communicate with 87 different people, many of whom indicated they were teenagers.  DEVORE attempted to lure some of them into providing him with sexually explicit images.  DEVORE had sexually explicit discussions with two young teen-age girls, preying on them after learning they had been victims of sexual abuse.

 

            DEVORE was convicted in Snohomish County Superior Court in 2003 of possessing and dealing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.  DEVORE was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender in 2005, 2007, and 2011.

 

            The case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, the Arlington Police Department, the McMinnville Oregon Police Department and the Washington State Department of Corrections.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Dion, Kate Vaughan and Siddharth Velamoor.

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
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 12, 2017