Man enters plea in child porn case

The man arrested on Bainbridge Island for allegedly possessing child pornography has pleaded not guilty.

Robert Elias Ritchie Jr., 28, will stand trial in Kitsap County Superior Court for second-degree charges of possessing child pornography on May 20.

Ritchie was arrested in March after Bremerton police tracked him to the island. He pawned a laptop computer on Feb. 29, 2012 while living in Bremerton. Later, the pawn shop on Wheaton Way looked over the laptop before selling it and discovered it contained suspicious material.

Bremerton detectives inspected the computer and found three files downloaded on Feb. 11, 2012, 2 1/2 weeks before Ritchie pawned the laptop. Each file had a title indicating its contents were illegal and had a preview along with the full video. Detectives took this to indicate that someone previewed the videos, knew what they contained, and then downloaded the full file.

The video files state that the girls depicted within are under the age of 18. Bremerton detectives noted in their police report that the girls appeared to be between the ages of 12 and 16.

Ritchie denied downloading the files when he was arrested.

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