Man to serve 5 months for having child pornography

By The Tri-City HeraldDecember 5, 2013 

A West Richland man who had 116 pictures and videos of child pornography on his home computer was sentenced Thursday to five months in jail.

Rex C. Ryan, 31, was sentenced in Benton County Superior Court for his earlier guilty plea to second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Vic VanderSchoor told Ryan he can serve the time on jail work crew or work release if he's eligible. Ryan must report for his sentence by Jan. 7.

Court documents show that police searched Ryan's home May 25, 2011. It is not clear what led to the search warrant.

Ryan was living in Richland at the time.

Richland police Detective Bob Benson later conducted a forensic examination of Ryan's personal computer and found the images "with hash values recognized by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," documents said.

Ryan told police that particular computer was his, that he'd built it and that no one else used it. He admitted that one image -- a video of young teen girls having sexual contact with an adult male -- was on his computer.

The charge involved visual or printed matter depicting a minor in a sex act, whether actual or simulated.

Once he's completed his jail term, Ryan will be on 12 months of community supervision.

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