Woodinville Water Commissioner, Dale Knapinski pleads guilty to possession of child pornography
Collected images of child rape and abuse via peer-to-peer file sharing program
Seattle (STL.News) A current Woodinville, Washington Water District Commissioner, who is also a general contractor, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to possession of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. DALE KNAPINSKI, 67, was indicted in November 2019. KNAPINSKI is scheduled for sentencing by U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour on April 20, 2021.
According to records filed in the case, in April and May 2019, the FBI, through the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), began an investigation of an IP address in Woodinville, Washington. An electronic device at the IP address was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program to download images of child rape and abuse. On July 9, 2019, agents executed a court authorized search warrant at the address and seized a laptop computer belonging to KNAPINSKI. A subsequent forensic evaluation revealed approximately 280 images of child rape and abuse.
Possession of child pornography is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence at the low end of the guidelines range determined by the court at sentencing.