A guitar instructor accused of downloading child pornography at a Richland music store is restricted to only teaching adults while his case moves through the federal system.
William “Bill” Robert Simpkin has been in the custody of U.S. Marshals since his May 21 arrest.
He is charged with downloading pornographic images on an account registered to Music Unlimited in Richland, where Simpkin used a room to give lessons. Investigators claim 1,150 files were downloaded.
During a bail hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Yakima, Magistrate Judge James P. Hutton denied a request from federal prosecutors to keep Simpkin locked up without bail.
Simpkin will be released at 8 a.m. Thursday and immediately must report to the Richland U.S. Probation Office to be equipped with a GPS device. He will be on home monitoring in Benton City with his wife serving as a third-party custodian.
Hutton said once Simpkin is out of custody, he cannot be around children, except his son; have internet access so all computers and electronic devices must be removed from his home; or have any guns. Only his wife can keep her cellphone, but it must be password protected, said the court order.