A 35- year-old Arlington, Washington man pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to distribution of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. CHRISTOPHER DAVID DOGGETT, faces a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and up to 40 years in prison when sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman on August 15, 2014. DOGGETT has a 2003 conviction for possession and distribution of child pornography triggering the mandatory minimum sentence.
According to the plea agreement, when Snohomish County Sheriff’s deputies searched DOGGETT’s home on January 22, 2010, they discovered more than 600 images of child pornography on his digital media devices that he had distributed via computer. On DOGGETT’s smartphone, investigators found images of him molesting a young child. DOGGETT was convicted in Snohomish County Superior Court of dealing child pornography and was sentenced to 90 months in prison in February 2011. Chief Judge Pechman will determine whether the state and federal sentences will run concurrently.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, DOGGETT will be required to register as a sex offender and will undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jerrod Patterson.