Crime

West Richland man wanted for skipping court

A West Richland man is wanted after he failed to appear in court this week on allegations he had 116 total pictures and videos of child pornography on his home computer.

Rex Charles Ryan, 29, had been sent a notice to appear in Benton County Superior Court on a new charge of second-degree possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

But when he didn't show as scheduled on Thursday, Judge Craig Matheson ordered a no-bail warrant.

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

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

The charge, according to documents, involves visual or printed matter depicting a minor in a sex act, whether actual or simulated.

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