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Former Tukwila police detective charged with having child pornography

Federal program targets online child predators

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.
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The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force was developed federally in 1998 as the number of children and teenagers using the internet increased and child sexual abuse images became available electronically, authorities say.

Court records say a retired major-crimes detective for the Tukwila Police Department has been charged with possession of child pornography.

The Seattle Times reports 61-year-old Gary Koutouvidis was charged with four counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The charges came after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children notified authorities that a computer traced to an address in DuPont had downloaded a file Feb. 19 containing images of a child engaged in sexually explicit activity.

Detectives traced the computer to a home owned by Koutouvidis.

A probable cause document says the computer contained more than 35,000 images and that most were sexually explicit in nature.

Koutouvidis was booked on $100,000 bail but released pending charges. He has been summoned to appear in Pierce County Superior Court Friday.

A message left for his defense attorney wasn’t returned.

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